At National Learning Group, we understand the importance of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test and its impact on your child’s literacy skills. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on what the test entails, the pass mark, potential outcomes in case of a setback, and practical ways parents can support their child’s preparation.

What is it?

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Test is a milestone in your child’s literacy development, designed to assess their ability to decode and read words using phonics principles. It serves as a valuable tool to identify strengths and areas for improvement in foundational reading skills. The test normally takes place in May/June of Year 1 with the results being released before the end of the Summer Term. The test consists of 40 easily decodable words – some of them real words and some of them “Alien” words.

Pass mark and expectations

The pass mark for the Phonics Screening Test varies annually but typically hovers around 32 out of 40. Our commitment at NLG is not just to help your child meet this standard but to exceed it. We strive to ensure that every child we support not only passes the test but does so with confidence and a deep understanding of phonics.

Navigating setbacks

In the event that your child faces challenges and doesn’t achieve the desired result, it’s important to understand that this is not the end of the road. Your child is given the opportunity to resit in November, and May of Year 2. At NLG, we view setbacks as opportunities for growth. If a child does not pass, we collaborate with parents to create a tailored plan for additional support, whether through targeted sessions or specialised interventions.

How parents can help

Encourage regular reading:
Foster a love for reading by incorporating reading sessions into your child’s routine. Choose a variety of materials, on top of phonics-focussed books, to enhance familiarity with different words and sounds.

Phonics games at home:
Make learning enjoyable by engaging in Phonics games at home. Our tutoring material include interactive games that reinforce phonetic skills in a fun and interactive way.

Consistent practice:
Establish a consistent practice routine for phonics exercises. Our tutors provide resources and activities that parents can incorporate into daily practice, ensuring a steady progression of skills.

Open communication:
Stay connected with your child’s teacher in school and your NLG tutor and share any concerns or observations about your child’s progress. Open communication is crucial for us to tailor our support to meet your child’s needs.

As the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test approaches, know that National Learning Group is here to provide comprehensive support. Our commitment extends beyond achieving a pass mark – we strive to empower your child with a love for learning and a solid foundation in phonics. Together, let’s make the journey to literacy success both enriching and rewarding.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Test - National Learning Group