In Year 1 children take a ‘phonics check’ which ensures they are on track for achieving milestones set by the DfE for young children linked to their reading skills.
Children run through 40 words, some of which make sense eg. queen, haunt, wove and some which don’t (nonsense words) eg. floost, woats, gax.
In 2022, our results were not where we would expect them to be and as a result, we put into place an immediate ‘catch up’ programme, linked with the English Hub and have introduced a new phonics scheme from October 2022 to ensure our results reflect the standard we expect at Wallop in summer 2023.
Year 2 children who did not pass in Year 1 also have to retake the test and these results are published also. These children have specific interventions to allow them to access the Year 2/3 texts we teach.
The table below shows the % of children achieving a pass in the phonics check in Year 1:
Year 1 Phonics