Phonics Reading Test Year 1 June 2012.
Get ready for the Year 1 phonics tests in June 2012.
What is the phonics test?
Children in England will take a phonics-based test at the end of Year 1 from June 2012.
What will the phonics test be like?
The test will be a simple 5-10 minute progress check to help identify children needing extra support. Teachers will run the tests. The test will include real and nonsense words to help ensure children have not merely memorised words. The words will be presented to children on a one-to-one basis.
Non-words could be presented with a picture prompt so that children are given a context for reading the non-words. For example, the teacher could explain that the non-word was the name of a type of imaginary creature, and then ask the child to name the creature drawn next to the letter sequence.
The test will include no more than 40 ‘words’. It will be divided into two sections:
•The first section will include the easier letter sounds – single letter sounds such as ‘s’ or ‘a’
•The second section will contain more difficult sounds – letter sounds made up of more than one letter such as ‘ch’ or ‘air’
How can I help my child prepare for the test?
100 High Frequency Words<
See the Phonics test resources at the right hand side of this page for printable resource to help your child at home.
Evaluate what your child already knows. Using phonics flashcards, ask your child to identify each letter sound. Then you can practise the letter sounds that your child finds difficult or doesn’t yet know.
One way to do this is by using an alphabet floor puzzle. Each puzzle piece contains a letter and sometimes a picture of an item that begins with that letter. Point to each puzzle piece and ask your child to tell you the sound that the letter makes.
Remember that some sounds are harder to produce, so be patient with your child’s efforts (or at least don’t let your impatience show).
The hardest letters for children to learn are vowels, letters that have two sounds (eg C, G) and letters that don’t sound like their names (eg Y, W, X).
Once your child is fairly confident with the letter sounds, you can try playing word games.
Use alphabet fridge magnets to create simple words like ‘cat’. Ask your child to make the word ‘cat’ into the word ‘mat’.
After practising with word families, you can move on to more complicated changes like changing ‘cat’ to ‘cap’.