A new, statutory phonics screening check for all pupils will be introduced in Year 1 this academic year. The check will be administered during the week commencing 18 June. The purpose of the Year 1 phonics screening check is to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.
Pupils who have not reached this standard at the end of Year 1, should receive support from their school to ensure they can improve their phonic decoding skills. Pupils will then have the opportunity to retake the screening check.
For parents who want to help their children prepare for the phonics check, Oxford University Press have published ‘Read With Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Phonics Kit.
The pack includes:
* Three phonics workbooks to provide lots of practice in this early reading skill. Each workbook includes tips for doing the activities together, and all of the sounds are included on the CD-ROM for your reference.
* Six carefully levelled interactive ebooks and activities on a CD-ROM.
* A colourful reward chart with stickers to build confidence.
* Advice from phonics expert Laura Sharp, providing answers to questions such as ‘What is phonics?’ ‘How do I say the sounds?’, ‘How can I support my child with phonics and the phonics check?’.
Details can be found here on the website.