KS1 Phonics Check
During June of Year 1, the children take part in a national phonics check. This involves reading 40 phonetically decodable words to a class teacher or the Head of School on an individual basis, 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. The nonsense words have an alien picture next to them to show that they are not real. The check is not stressful to children and takes around 5 minutes per child to complete.
Over the past several years, the expectation nationally has been that children have reached the required standard if they read 32 out of 40 words correctly. The standard is set yearly by the Department for Education after the phonics results have been submitted but since the test was first introduced, it has remained at 32.
If a child does not reach the standard of scoring 32 out of 40, they will take part in the phonics check the following year when they are in Year 2.
The results of the phonics check will be shared with you in your child's end of year school report.
Some examples of previous phonics checks are below:
The following video, produced by Read Write Inc, explains the phonics check for parents. Although we are not a Read Write Inc school, we do teach the children phonics in a systematic way and cover the same graphemes, so this video may be useful to you as parents.