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Phonics Screening Check;

Information for parents –Year 1 Screening Check June 2018

The phonic screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1

  • It will take place week beginning 11thJune
  • It comprises of a list of 40 words ( 20 real and 20 nonsense)
  • In previous years expectations from the government are that children should achieve 32 out of 40 to reach the expected level.
  • The check will take up to 10 minutes per pupil
  • Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Y1 must be reconsidered for a retake in Y2
  • Support has been put in place to assist all our pupils to achieve their best outcomes.
  • The school will report the result of your child’s score out of 40 along with the % who have reached the expected level by the end of the summer term.
  • A sample of the types of words your child will have to read:


Example words     


Guided Reading

Reading is a key life skill and one that South Bank holds as a highest priority. To this end, daily Guided Reading session take place in order for pupils to reach the appropriate level of fluency and independence in their reading.  This approach is particularly prevalent in Reception and Key Stage One. We follow a guided reading policy which allows pupils to read as part of a group as well as individually to staff. They discuss the content of the book and answer questions to establish their understanding of what they are reading. The children access a wide range of texts which are banded and levelled within a progressive system.


Reading Comprehension

Following on from pupils developing their independent reading skills, it is vital that children understand what they are reading. In Key Stage One, but more so as they move into Key Stage Two significant importance is placed on developing pupils comprehension skills. As part of each English block of work, pupils read appropriate texts and focus on answering a range of questions which help deepen their understanding of what they are reading, developing them both as readers and writers. This is done both as a class and independently so that teachers can assess pupils ability to comprehend.