In June, all year 1 children in the country will take part in a phonics screening check. You will know that the children have been learning lots of sounds, these sounds have been taught in the context of real words and nonsense words.The children will be asked to use their phonic knowledge to read 20 real words and 20 nonsense words (alien words). The children will know when a word is a nonsense word as there will be a picture of an alien next to the word - we say this word is the aliens name and this is why it does not make sense to us.
How to help your child at home
- Play lots of sound and listening games
-Read as much as possible
- Encourage children to have a 'good guess'
- Remind children to blend the sounds in the word by pointing to them
- In school the children use the Phonics Play website to help reading real and fake words and play games such as Picnic on Pluto or Buried Treasure. This can be used at home too, be sure to look for 'phase 5' sounds.
If you have any question, please don't hesitate to ask.
Thank you for your continued support.