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Phonics in KS1

In KS1 we use a phonics resource called Letters and Sounds.  Letters and Sounds was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Children learn phonics by repetition.  Each day they practice sounds they have been taught previously and an new sound each day.  They also get time to play games from time to time. 

Take a look at some of the games we play in school.  Why not have a go with your children.  

Phonics Screening Test 

The Phonics Screening Test is a short phonics assessment. The first Phonics Screening Test took place in June 2012.  The Phonics Test is a compulsory test. It takes place in the second week of June at the end of Year 1.  It is part of the national curriculum assessment programme. There is only one Year one phonics test.  The Phonics Screening Test seeks to test whether children have learned to decode words using phonics to the required level. 

Children are expected to sound out and blend graphemes to read simple words. They are also required to read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words.

Children can fail the Phonics Screening Test. If a child fails the Phonics Screening Check then they are required to take it again at the end of Year 2.

To help with this you could play the games below. 

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