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Holmer Lake Primary School

Year 1 Phonics

Phonics Assessment

At Holmer Lake Primary School, pupils are taught phonics through Letters and Sounds; which is a scheme recognised by the Department for Education, which advocates the systematic teaching of phonics.

Every child’s progress through the phases of letters and sounds is closely monitored and tracked. This allows the class teacher to provide additional intervention sessions for those children who need more support to secure the sounds they have been taught and to consistently apply them when reading and spelling.

The Phonics screening check is a short and simple assessment of phonic decoding. It consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half non-words, which Year 1 children read to a teacher. Administering the assessment usually takes between four and nine minutes per child.

The test is taken by all pupils in Year 1 in the second week of June and assesses how effective the systematic teaching of phonics has been since children joined the school in their Reception Year.

A pass mark is set each year. If this is not met, your child will re-take the test in Year 2.

For more information about the teaching of PHONICS please see


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