All children in Year 1, and some children in Year 2 will be taking the phonics screening check in June. All children in English schools do this screening. They have to read 40 words – some real, and some ‘alien’. We will let you all know how your child gets on.
Following the recent parent information session about the Year 1 phonics check, please find below information shared at the session.
We have been asked by a parent to provide you with a glossary of terms, so you can understand when you child is telling you about what they are learning. So here goes! Do ask your class teacher for any more information.
• ‘alien’ words – are words that are not real. Children have to read 20 of these in the phonics check, to show their phonics knowledge. Here are some examples:
yed toth smeep scrownd
• digraph – this is any 2 letters, that together, when read, make one sound, for example:
ee (meet) sh (ship) ch (chop) ie (tie) ou (mouth)
ay (say) oi (coin)
• trigraph – this is any 3 letters, that together, when read, make one sound, for example:
igh (night) tch (witch) dge (badge)
• suffix – these are word endings that change the meaning of a word such as:
s (plural – means more than one – cats, trees)
es (plural – also means more than one – bushes, buses)
ed (past tense – helped, rained)
ing (present tense – making, spelling)
est (biggest, tallest)
• prefix – these are word beginnings, which also change the meaning of words, such as:
un (untie, undo, unsafe, unkind)