Due to COVID-19, Year 2 pupils who should have been screened in the summer of Year 1 will now complete their phonics screenings in the Autumn term.
Year 1 pupils, and any Year 2 pupils who need to repeat the screening, will be screened in the summer term.
Our pass rate for the 2019 Phonics Screening test was 80%. Due to COVID-19, no screening was carried out in 2019/2020.
Phonics is the teaching of initial word sounds and blends to aid and encourage young children to learn to read. At St Philip's, phonics is taught following Letters and Sounds, supported by Phonics Bug, to create fun and engaging sessions for our children. Phonetically decodable books support children in their learning and allow them to apply their phonics learning at home. Our approach aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children from Reception through to Year 2.
Phonics Screening Check
Children in Year 1 throughout the country take part in a phonics screening check during the same week every June. children in Year 2 will also take the check if they do not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or they haven't taken the test before.
The test contains 40 words. Each child will sit one-to-one with a teacher and read each word aloud. We try to keep this as informal as possible and don't tell the children it is an assessment. The test itself takes approximately 10 minutes. The list of words consists of 20 real words, and 20 pseudo words (nonsense words). Pseudo words are included because they will be new to all pupils; they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words.
By the end of the summer term, your child's results will be sent home and will confirm if the child has met the standard threshold or will need to resit the next year. The results are used to analyse the school's performance and for OFSTED purposes.
Children across KS1 have a 30 minute phonics session every day. These are ran in small groups by our highly trained and motivated staff who ensure the sessions are fun and engaging. Each child will progress through the different phases of Letters and Sounds, often going back over sounds that need repeating.
If you have any questions or concerns about Phonics and the assessment, please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher.
Our Reading Scheme follows Reading Recovery Levels, where children have access to Oxford Reading Tree Scheme books, as well as texts from a variety of different authors.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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