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Phonics Screening Check


During the week beginning Monday 12th June, all year 1 pupils will take the phonics screening check. The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced to check each child’s phonics knowledge.

It comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words to assess phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year 1. Children will be asked to segment (sound out) a word and then blend the sounds together. The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.

In our phonics lessons we have been revising our knowledge of split digraphs: a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e and u-e. A digraph is two letters which together make one sound. When a digraph is split by a consonant it becomes a split digraph. Have a look at the split digraph words in the photographs below that we have spelled out!