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Year 1 Phonic Screening Check. Thursday 12 th June 2014 at 3.00pm. What is phonics?. Simply the relationship between letters and sounds in a language. Words are made up of small units of sounds called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to identify the phonemes that make up each word.

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    1. Year 1 Phonic Screening Check Thursday 12th June 2014 at 3.00pm

    2. What is phonics? • Simply the relationship between letters and sounds in a language. • Words are made up of small units of sounds called phonemes. • Phonics teaches children to identify the phonemes that make up each word.

    3. What is phonics? (cont) Phonemes ( a sound in a word) e.g. c a t (3 phonemes) Graphemes (letters or sequences of letters that represent a phoneme, can be 1,2,3,4 letters) e.g. f/i/shNOT f/i/s/h kn/igh/t NOT k/n/i/g/h/t sh/i/p NOT s/h/i/p

    4. What is phonics? (cont) Blending This is when children say the sounds that make a word and they are able to merge the sounds together until they hear what the word is. Vital for learning to read! Segmenting The opposite to blending, children say a word and break it up into the phonemes that make it up. Vital for learning to spell!

    5. What are the Year 1 Phonic Screening Checks? • A short, 1:1 test for all Year 1 aged pupils. • To assess whether each child has learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate level.

    6. Why does my child have to undertake this check? • It is a statutory requirement for all schools. • To make sure that all pupils have grasped fundamental phonics skills and to see that nobody slips through the net.

    7. When will my child complete the check? • All checks will take place during the week beginning the 16th June.

    8. Who administers the check to my child? • Each child will undertake the check with their class teacher in a quiet room away from the rest of the class. • The check takes between four to nine minutes long.

    9. How are the checks administered? • Low-key, no fuss, not made into a big thing. • The check comprises of a list of 40 words and non-words. • Half the words cover phonics skills which tend to be covered in Reception, and half the words are based on Year 1 phonics skills. • Your child needs to read the words to their teacher.

    10. Examples of words Non – words are included because they will be new to all pupils, so there won’t be a bias to those with a good vocabulary knowledge or visual memory of words.

    11. What happens if my child does not reach the standard? • Extra support will be provided for children who fail to achieve the national standard. • These children will then be able to re-take the assessment in Year 2.

    12. How will I find out how my child did in the screening check? • Within the end of year report there will be a comment stating whether your child met the National standard.

    13. Any questions?