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Year 1

Weekly Spellings

Term 1B spellings:

Week 1 to be tested on Friday 6th November


Spelling test - Fridays

Reading books changed on Fridays


Plus weekly Phonics and Maths activity sheet, given out on Friday, to be returned the following Wednesday.


Please feel free to get in touch with me by emailing 

Thank you,

Mrs Jones



Number formation

Year 1 Phonics Check


What is the phonic screening check?

In the summer term of Year 1, the children complete a statutory phonics screening check.  This is a short, light-touch assessment introduced by the Government for the first time in 2012 to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.


The screening comprises of a list of 40 real and nonsense-words (pseudo words), which your child reads one-to-one with a teacher. Pseudo words allow the assessment to focus purely on decoding phonic knowledge.  As pseudo-words are new to all children, they do not favour those with a good knowledge of vocabulary or large sight word memory. The words in the screening incorporate phonics skills acquired by the children in both Year One and Reception. It is conducted in a quiet room without distractions.


Section 1
Section 1 of the test comprises 12 pseudo-words and 8 real words.  It focuses on GPCs that are usually introduced first to children learning to decode using phonics.

Grapheme — a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, ch, igh, ough (as in 'though') grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC) — the relationship. between sounds (phonemes) and the letters which represent those sounds; also. known as 'letter-sound correspondences'


Section 2
Section 2 of the test comprises 8 pseudo-words and 12 real words.  It focuses on GPCs that are introduced later, and graphemes that correspond to more than one phoneme.


Nonsense / Pusedo words

These are words that are phonically decodable but are not actual words with an associated meaning e.g. brip, snorb. Pseudo words are included in the check specifically to assess whether your child can decode a word using phonics skills and not their memory.

The pseudo words will be shown to your child with a picture of a monster and they will be asked to tell their teacher what sort of monster it is by reading the word. This not only makes the check a bit more fun, but provides the children with a context for the nonsense word which is independent from any existing vocabulary they may have. Crucially, it does not provide any clues, so your child just has to be able to decode it. Children generally find nonsense amusing so they will probably enjoy reading these words.


Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.

Blending Activities | Phonics

Some simple activities you can do at home or in class to help children with their blending skills.

Useful websites for phonics games and practice:


Please let Mrs Jones know if you find any other useful websites that we could share with everyone :). Thank you