Mesty Croft Academy

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At Mesty Croft Academy, children learn phonics throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1. It is taught daily, in short sessions so that children gain and practise the skills they need to use in reading and writing. We use the Government approved Letters and Sounds scheme for teaching Phonics. To support our teaching of Phonics we also use the Phonics Play website and Jolly Phonics.


Producing the sounds correctly is really important! Here is a video which shows you how to say all the sounds we work on with the children:


Articulation of Sounds (Phonemes)

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Year 1 Phonics Screening


In 2012 the Government introduced the Year 1 Phonics screening.


What is the phonics screening check?


The phonics screening check is a quick check of your child’s ability to decode words using his or her phonics knowledge. It helps us to confirm whether your child has met the expected standard for a child at the end of Year 1.


The check is a statutory requirement for all children in Year 1 and takes place each year in the summer term. Children who did not take the check in Year 1, or who did not meet the expected standard, will take the check again at the end of Year 2.



How does the check work?


  • Your child will be asked to read 40 words aloud to a teacher who is known to him/her
  • Your child will have read some of the words before, whilst others will be completely new
  • The screen is a mixture of real and 'pseudo' words ('alien' or 'not real' words)
  • The check only takes a few minutes to complete and there is no time limit



For the academic year 2017/18 the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place during week commencing 11th June 2018



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