Phonics Screening Check Information

Phonics Screening Check Information for Year 1 Parents

At Westrop Primary School we teach your children phonics. Our approach to learning phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is through using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics. We also follow a kinaesthetic approach in Reception, Year 1 and 2 where children are given an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.

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Letters and Sounds provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven.

What is the phonics screening check?

Phonics Screening Leaflet

Phonics Resources

Our results

2015-16
School – 86.7%
LA- 76.3%
National 91%
2016-17
School – 85.7%
LA- 81%
National 81.4%

Who is it for?
We will be able to administer the check during the week of the 11th June 2018. If a child is absent during that week, the school can administer the check up until Friday 22nd June 2018.

Is it stressful to test such young children?
The assessment will be age-appropriate, with children sitting with a teacher and reading one-to-one. It should be an enjoyable activity for children which will take no more than 10 minutes.

Does a teacher have to carry out the screening check?
Yes, it is important that a teacher carries out the check with the pupils in our school.

How long does the check take?
Every child is different but in most cases the check should take approximately 10 minutes per child but there is no time limit.

What happens if a child struggles with the screening check?
The screening check will identify children who have phonic decoding skills below the level expected for the end of Year 1 and who therefore need extra help. We will then provide extra help at the end of Year 1 and in Year 2 and children will then be able to re-take the assessment in Year 2.
If your child requires extra help then we will inform you of this. As parents you will continue to be kept well informed of your child’s progress in all aspects of reading including phonic development in Year 2. This will be specifically commented on during Parent Consultation Evenings.

How can I help my child?
In school we are continually checking your children’s phonic development within our approach to the assessment of reading. This screening forms part of our overall assessment procedure. However, there are a number of things that parents can do to support early reading skill development.

  • Let your child see you enjoying reading yourself – they are influenced by you and what you value!
  • Immerse your child in a love of reading: share books and magazines with your child, take them to the library to choose books, read to them regularly, point out texts around you, e.g. in the street etc.
  • Make time for your child to read school books to you regularly – encourage them by pointing to the words and ask them about the story they are reading
  • Use phonics play phonicsplay.co.uk . www.teachyourmonstertoread.co.uk This is a website which is packed with interactive phonics games to help children to learn to hear sounds and blend sounds. We use this in school and some aspects of it are free to use at home.
  • Help your child to practice reading the pseudo words which will be sent home.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher through their reading record
  • Attend our Parent Workshop meeting

What shall I do if my child is struggling to decode?

Say each sound in the word from left to right.

Blend the sounds by pointing to each letter, i.e. /b/ in bat, or letter group, i.e. /igh/ in sigh, as you say the sound, then run your finger under the whole word as you say it.

Talk about the meaning if your child does not understand the word they have read.

Work at your child’s pace and have FUN!

Remember! We are here to help your child to do their very best and develop a fluency and love of reading. ×