Year 1 Phonics

Phonic Screen

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. This involves direct teaching, the playing of games and the daily opportunity to use and apply the letters and sounds they have learnt in their reading and writing. Phonetically decodable books are sent home, along with cards to support the learning of letters, sounds and words; as soon as your child starts their Reception year.

The books sent home are Phonic Bug, these are our earliest reading books. Once your child can blend and segment words, they will move on to Bug Club books. These will be sent home on a daily basis and we ask parents to practice words, letters and sounds; as well as hearing your child read.

As well as having a physical book; your child will have access to Bug Club online where your child’s class teacher will allocate their reading books and your child will have the opportunity to answer a range of comprehension questions.

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 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.

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