What is Phonics?
- Children are taught to read by breaking down the words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word
- Children have a 15 minute Phonics lesson each day and they are encouraged to use the strategies to read and write all the time, in all lessons
- The children are taught an action for each sound
- There are 44 different sounds to learn. Children should know all 44 sounds by the end of Year One
- The sounds are taught to children in sets called phases, Children should be in phase 5 by the end of Year One
What scheme do we use at Waterthorpe?
- We use the Jolly Phonics scheme for teaching phonics
Who will be tested?
- Every Year One child in the country will take the Phonics test during the same week in June
- The children will complete the test one at a time in a quiet area of the school
- Class teachers will complete the test with the children in their classes
- The screening only takes about 5 – 10 minutes with each child
Why are the children being tested?
- The aim of the test is to ensure that all children are able to read by the end of Year Two
- This midpoint check will ensure we have a clear picture of what children need to learn as they go into Year Two
- Children who do not pass the test will re-take it in Year Two
What will the children have to do?
- The test is similar to tasks the children do all the time during their phonics lessons
- The test will see which sounds the children know. They will be asked to read made up ‘nonsense’ words.
- They will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend the sounds together d_o_g = dog
Examples of nonsense words:
How you can help
· Encourage your child to ‘sound out’ when reading and writing. Remember sounds can be made with one, two or three letters
· Digraph: 2 letters making one sound – Cow
· Trigraphs: 3 letters making one sound – Fight
· Split digraphs: 2 vowels with a consonant in between – bite (i_e)
Children should blend each sound (not say the letters individual sounds)
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How you can help
· Encourage your child to use the sound mat when writing and reading, they can use the actions to help them recall and find the sounds they need
· Please continue to read with your child each night and encourage them to blend the sound
· Children can practise their phonics by playing games online, below are some good websites which we use in school:
If you have any questions about the phonics test or want to know how you can help your child further, please see the class teacher.