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We will have a meeting about the Phonics Screen to explain the Phonics Screen to you but in the meantime here are some resources that might help you know what is coming up in Year 1. If you have any questions or concerns about anything featured in these videos, please come and talk to us and we would be happy to talk about it with you. 


The Phonics Screen takes place in the week beginning the 8th June 2020. 



Year 1 phonics screening

Year 1 children all have an individual test to assess their phonic capability. What does this involve?
Please note this video was filmed in 2016 - The pass mark may have changed since.

Y1 Phonics Test

This will help you gain a rough idea of what happens during a Phonics screen

This video demonstrates how teachers determine whether your child's response is correct or not.

This video is for teachers undertaking the year 1 phonics screening check. The video exemplifies issues that could arise in the check.

Top Tips for Parents:

We use the terms 'code' for how it is written and 'sound' for the sound it makes when you say it.

This video shows how we pronounce the phonics sounds. They are called PURE sounds. They are very short and don't have the 'uh' after them-try saying b, c and d at the front of your mouth without the 'uh' sound after it. This means c-a-t with blend to say cat not cu-a-tuh! 
Try it!


Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language.

This week we are learning 2 codes for the sound /ie/

ie as in pie and tie


igh as in might and Highfield


and two codes that both say the sound /ay/ 

ai as in rain


ay as in pay

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /i-e/

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /igh/

This week we are learning

the qu code -it says /kw/,




the ou and the ow codes that both say /ow/


Learn the pronunciation and sound of codes- ow and ou.

1 Minute Spelling Strategy: Mnemonics!

This week we learnt how mnemonics can help us to remember the spelling of tricky words that break the rules.
We had a go at writing our own. Can you remember yours and teach it to your grown up.
Check their word has these letters in this order when you are finished.

s a i d

This week we are learning:

the code -y that makes the sound /ee/.




the sound /ay/ that is made with the code 'ai' as in rain and 'ay' as in pay and day


ee, ea and y | Similar Sounds | Sounds Alike | How to Read | Made by Kids vs Phonics

This video groups words with the same codes and makes silly pictures and stories from them to help you remember how to spell them.

Nessy Reading Strategy: The 3 Sounds of Y

Why is 'y' such an amazing letter? Because it makes 3 different sounds depending on the word! Remember which sound to use with the help of the yetis.

Nessy Spelling Strategy: When To Use ai Or ay

''ai' and 'ay' make the same sound, 'A'. This Nessy animation will explain which one to use.



This week we have been learning about the famous pirate Blackbeard so we needed to know this code ready to write our descriptions.


Why not try making a story out of other Topic related 'ck' words. 










Nessy Spelling Strategy: Cuddly C and Kicking K



The first sound we have been learning this week is 'ar' because pirates use this sound all the time!

Use the videos below to recap and practise segmenting and blending and share your phonics folder with your grown up. 



'ar' Words | Phonics Phase 3

Nessy Reading Strategy: The Sound 'AR'

Pirates Say AR! (song for kids about the "ar" sound)