Phonic Screening Check

Our Y1 children are given a Phonic screening check in June as part of statutory assessments. The test is designed to confirm whether our children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.

The phonic screening check comprises a list of 40 words that a child reads aloud to their teacher on a 1-1 basis. The list includes real and pseudo (nonsense) words. These pseudo words allow the children to focus purely on decoding using phonics. As pseudo words are new to all the children they do not favour those with a good vocabulary knowledge or large visual memory of words. The pseudo words are shown to the children alongside pictures of imaginary creatures. This allows teachers to explain to the child the pseudo word is the name of a type of creature they have not seen before. This helps children to understand why they should not try to match the pseudo word to their vocabulary.

The phonics screening check is divided into two sections:

Section 1

  • Grapheme – phoneme correspondence usually introduced first to children learning to decode using phonics.  This involves knowing letter shapes and letter sounds ( not names)
  • Simple word structures

Section 2

  • Grapheme phoneme correspondences usually introduced to children later and graphemes that correspond to more than one phoneme- ou as in round, i-e as in scribe, ew as in newt, and ow as in row as in  bow/ row as in  bough
  • More complex words including two syllable words- dentist, starling

Most children are able to take the phonic screening check but the Head teacher can decide that a child should not take part if they have not shown any understanding of grapheme phoneme correspondences.

The standard children are children expected to achieve:

Children who have achieved the expected standard at the end of Y1 will have experience of decoding all types of words that appear in the phonic screening check.  The phonics mark, at present, will be the mark from 0-40 for those children who have taken the phonic screening test. Those who have met the required standard are marked as reading 32 words or more.




Y1 2013

Statutory Phonic screening test

In 2013 64% of the whole cohort of Y1 children read 32 or more words during their screening test.

39 children were at the appropriate age to be assessed

2 children were disapplied-  both HI children

25/39 children passed= 64%

25/35 (mainstream cohort) 74%

Y1 2014

Statutory Phonic screening test

In 2014 65% of the  whole cohort of Y1 children read 32 or more words during their screening test.

52 children were at the appropriate age to be assessed

8 children were disapplied-  due to hearing impairment or not knowing all letter sounds

34/52 children passed= 65%

34/44 (children who accessed the check) = 77%

Y1 2015

Statutory Phonic screening test

In 2015 65% of the  whole cohort of Y1 children read 32 or more sounds during their screening test.

53 children were at the appropriate age to be assessed

10 children were disapplied due to hearing impairment, visual impairment, being taught at home or being educated at special school.

34/53 children passed = 64%

34/44 (children who accessed the check)

Our phonics screening test is monitored by the Local Authority. This involves a visit by an LA adviser or trained moderator to check on the procedures and administration of the check in 10% of schools in the LA each year. Sunnyside was not part of the monitoring procedures for 2013,2014 or 2015.

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