Thursday, 17 May 2018

Phonics Screening

If you have a primary school aged child you may have heard a lot of talk about phonics, maybe even homework? Jared is in Year 1 so I'm relatively familiar with them but I have needed a bit of extra help to get my head round what they are and what it's all about. Clearly I wasn't the only one as his teacher held a phonics group for us parents to attend, the purpose of the lesson was so that us parents could help prepare our children for their upcoming phonics screening.

The phonics screening is for children in Year 1 and it is done so that the teachers and us parents can see how the kids are getting on and if they need any extra support. The screening consists of two parts and there are 40 words. Each child will read some words on each page to their teacher who can will then do the check, it takes around 5-10 minutes. The teacher is checking the child can sound out and blend the graphemes in order to read simple words, read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words such as dog and August, read a selection of nonsense words which are called pseudo words. The pseudo words are just made up words that can be decoded by their sound such as hild and tord. The nonsense words are shown and there will be a monster/alien picture and they will be asked what the name of the monster/alien will be called. If you have a Twinkl account you can download the flash cards (you can also make an account if you don't have one). Although it isn't a test about passing and failings the children need to have reached a certain level and that they are progressing. If they do not reach the required standard then plans will be made that will help the child and offer them additional support, parents would be spoken to about this, they will then re-sit the check the following summer term. Parents will be informed of the results, for our school we are told via our child's school report but you can ask the school how you will be informed if you are unsure.

There are some really good website that can help your child practice and for you to better understand.

As well as many helpful website there are also plenty of apps that children can use to help them with their phonics such as Jolly Phonics, ABC spelling, Phonics fun for kids and English and Phonics games. As previously mentioned if you speak to your child's teacher they should be able to give you more information and maybe even a resource pack.

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