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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars

Phonics and alien words

All Year 1 children across the nation will be taking the ‘Year 1 Phonics Screening Check’ in June 2019.

The results of the check will be used to determine how well children are performing in reading and in their use of phonics in other areas of the curriculum. 


We provide children with every opportunity to prepare for the phonics check in June, by exposing them to the format of the test, by allowing them to practice on their own and in a whole class situation and by providing them with sound phonics teaching through their normal day-to-day lessons and learning experiences. We will also send home lists of words regularly for you to support your child to practise at home. This list will also be available on this page.


Children will not be required to write the pseudo (alien) words as it is a reading test and therefore we strongly recommend that you resist asking the children to practise through writing.


Should you have any queries about phonics or the screening, please do not hesitate to ask.


Websites to support phonics can be found in our 'useful websites' star.