Phonics Screening Check information 2018

The Phonics Screening Check.

The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. 

In 2018 the statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place during the week 11th - 15th June. Please ensure that your child is in school during this week.

The check is a list of 40 words which children will read one -to-one with their class teacher.  It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1.

It will check that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words e.g. n-igh-t

  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.

  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as ‘pseudo words’.

Parents can click here to watch a short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.

This and other useful resources are available at

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Beacon CE Primary

Heyworth Street
L5 3QG

Main Contact: Anna McGurk

Tel: 0151 263 4206
Fax: 0151 263 1583

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