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1 Year 1 phonics
DECEMBER screening check

This document provides information for All pseudo-words in the screening check are
schools on the structure and content of the accompanied by a picture of an imaginary
year 1 phonics screening check. creature to provide a context for the pupil
(naming the type of imaginary creature) to
ensure that they are not trying to match the
pseudo-word to a word in their vocabulary.
The document contains:
Content of the
aa sample list of 40 words in the form of
screening check
mark sheet, which teachers will use to
record pupil responses (these sample Section 1
words will not be used in the actual The words in section 1 will have a variety of
screening check); and simple word structures (for example CVC, VCC,
CCVC and CVCC) using single letters (a, b, c, d,
set of practice words that can be e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q(u), r, s, t, u, v, w, x,
to familiarise pupils with the way y, z), some consonant digraphs (ch, ck, ff, ll, ng,
in which words will be presented in the sh, ss, th, zz) and frequent and consistent vowel
screening check. digraphs (ar, ee, oi, oo,or).
Academic research has found that the best way Section 2
of teaching early reading is to teach systematic The words in section 2 will have a variety of
phonics during reception and year 1. This is the more complex word structures (for example
most appropriate way of preparing pupils for the CCVCC, CCCVC, CCCVCC and two syllable words)
screening check. with some additional consonant digraphs (ph,
wh), some less frequent and consistent vowel
Structure of the digraphs, including split digraphs (a-e, ai, au, aw,
screening check ay, ea, e-e, er, ew, i-e, ie, ir, oa, o-e, ou, ow, oy, ue,
The screening check contains 40 words u-e, ur) and trigraphs (air, igh).
divided into two sections of 20 words. Both
sections contain a mixture of real words and Administration of the
pseudo-words. screening check
Teachers must administer the screening check
Section 1
one-on-one with each pupil and record whether
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their response to each word is correct or incorrect.
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Page 5 Four real words Contact details
For more information about the
Section 2
phonics screening check, please contact
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the National Curriculum assessments
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Page 8 Four real words helpline on 0300 303 3013 or email
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Page 10 Four real words
Crown copyright 2011 STA/11/5736 ISBN: 978-1-4459-5368-7
Sample: Answer sheet


1 Phonics

Screening check: Answer sheet

First name

Last name

Screening check responses: Please tick the appropriate box for each word. The use of the
comment box is optional.
Section 1 Section 2
Word Correct Incorrect Comment Word Correct Incorrect Comment

tox voo
bim jound
vap terg
ulf fape
geck snemp
chom blurst
tord spron
thazz stroft
blan day
steck slide
hild newt
quemp phone
shin blank
gang trains
week strap
chill scribe
grit rusty
start finger
best dentist
hooks starling

Total correct

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Practice sheet: Real words




Practice sheet: Pseudo words