Phonics in Year 1
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
Workshop for Parents
Wednesday 6th April 2022 6.00pm via Zoom
Please look on the School Newsletter & ParentMail for login details
Phonics in Y1 & the Y1 Phonics Screening Check
On this page you will find some attachments to support your child in segmenting and blending (using phoneme fingers) to read decodable words in order to improve phonics & reading skills and to help prepare children for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.
This reading check will involve children being asked to read words from Phase 2 up to Phase 5 to check they have reached the expected reading level. Some are real words while others are 'alien words'.
The flash cards below are all real words. Please use these flash cards however and whenever you can. You might like to ask your child to read them on screen (even on car journeys), print them out to read, print them out and stick around the house to play ‘hunt the words’, print 2 copies to play matching pairs games…. The ideas are endless. If you have some good strategies that work, please share them with other parents.
However, in the reading check, children will be asked to read some unreal words, just like the games on Phonics Play website. Please encourage your child to think carefully at Phase 3 and 4 for identifying digraphs in words (not just individual sounds) and in Phase 5 the alternative ways of saying the digraphs to ensure the real words make sense. In the reading check, unreal words are called ‘alien words’ and will have a picture of an alien next to them.
The Y1 Phonics Reading Check will take place in June and will be administered by myself and/or Miss Keedwell. The children will be in a quiet room and will read to the adult independently. Parents are usually notified of the results and whether your child has met the expected reading standard at the end of the year.
There are some good free phonics interactive games on these websites. Some are tablet friendly while others need Flash or Adobe to work on a computer. The children need to be competent up to Phase 5 to score well in the reading check:
* Use your phoneme fingers
* Spot the digraph
* Spot the trigraph
* Spot the split digraphs
* Spot the Phase 5 alternatives
This means that the teachers will have identified any gaps in your child's reading and knowledge of phonics. Your child will have specialised phonics interventions throughout Year 2 to fill these gaps. They will then re-take this reading check in Year 2.
When reading, please ask your child what to do and remind them to do these things:
- Use your phoneme fingers
- Spot the digraph
- Spot the trigraph
- Spot the split digraphs
- Spot the Phase 5 alternatives
PowerPoint from the Parent Workshop
High Frequency & Tricky Words
(For your information only - do not use with the children)