All pupils will undergo a phonics assessment in Year 1. This test has been introduced to enable schools to check that pupils are on track with phonic decoding and offer extra support to those who need it. Individual results are made available to parents. National and local results enable schools to benchmark the performance of their children but the results are NOT published in league tables.
The assessment is generally undertaken in a very relaxed manner as part of the normal school day. It is not timed and most children will not even be aware that they are being formally tested!
What does the test include?
Each child will be tested on 40 words including
- Pseudo Words
Pseudo words are designed to test children’s ability to decode new and unfamiliar words using spelling patterns they should have come across.
- Nonsense Words
Nonsense words in the test are accompanied by an image of a monster / alien; the idea is to suggest that the nonsense words is the alien’s “name” rather than a misprint!
- Real Words
The real words consist of a combination of high frequency words and unusual words.
HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS