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Year 1




The Year 1 team is Mrs Kitchen, Mrs. Norman, Miss Footman, Mrs Taylor and Miss Deacon.

Summer Term 2018

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

What is in the phonics screening check?

There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. Your child will read up to four words per page for their teacher and they will probably do the check in one sitting of about 5-10 minutes.

Is there a pass mark?

The check is not about passing or failing but checking appropriate progress is being made. If children do not reach the required standard (the threshold has been 32/40 over the past few years), then the child will be supported with their phonics throughout Year 2. Your child will re-sit the check the following summer term.

What can I do to help my child?

The following documents are past papers. These are great for practising sounding out and blending real and nonsense words. The use of nonsense words (or words that do not exist in English) is a deliberate part of the test. It is a way of checking that a pupil can work out a plausible way of pronouncing a word they have never met before rather than simply memorising a set of words. If they can do this then they have a good grasp of the process.

2012 Phonics Screening Check

2013 Phonics Screening Check

2014 Phonics Screening Check

2015 Phonics Screening Check

2016 Phonics Screening Check

Curriculum overview

We started using the International Primary Curriculum in September 2016. You can find more details of it on the Curriculum and Subject pages on the menu to the left. At the beginning of every unit of study we will be sending out a letter to parents that explains the sort of things that are being covered in the unit. Copies of these letters are available from the links below, as well as an overview for this year group.

Year 1 IPC Overview 2017

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