Year 1 Phonics test: All you need to know
A phonic screening test is a type of test that is conducted to evaluate whether the child has learned phonic decoding or not. This will be done by comparing the results to a specified standard. The results of the test will also highlight the children who still need help for the improvement in their skills. Support will be provided by the government or the parents to that children. However, if the child passes it, it will mean that they have a detailed understanding of the phonics.
The phonics test was introduced and implemented in June 2012. The test is designed in a way that it effectively highlights the current phonic information of the child. Teachers and parents will be able to know whether the child is progressing at a satisfied pace or not.
What is included in a phonics check?
The phonics check consists of two different sections. These sections contain 40 words check as a whole that is used to assess the current knowledge related to phonics. Also, it will highlight the knowledge attained through the reception and year 1. The child will have to read four different words from a single page to the teacher to complete the test.
There is a common question in the mind of several parents, related to the compulsion and the type of phonic check. The answer to this question is, it is not a formal process of analyzing the abilities of your child. Instead, it is used to analyze the skill or learning level of the child. This is done just to make sure that they are performing up to the mark. Before the start of the activity, children will be asked to practice few words so that they can have a better understanding of the activity which will be carried out.
The focus of phonic check:
The phonic check is conducted to check certain points which are explained below:
- Whether your child is able to sound out and blend graphemes to read simple words.
- Whether they can read a selection of nonsense words. These words are also referred to as pseudo words sometimes.
- Whether they are able to read phonically decodable one and two syllable word. For example, sand, cat, windmill etc.
The inclusion of nonsense and pseudo words:
The phonics check includes some words that are nonsense and pseudo. These are basically those type of words that are decodable i.e. there is no meaning attached to them and they are not the actual words e.g. snorb or brip. The pseudo words or the nonsense words are included into the test to analyze whether the child can recognize them or not. They are usually shown to the kids with a picture of a monster and they have to tell their teacher about the details of the monster.