Preparing for the phonics screening check

Sian Evans
31st March 2017
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Stimulating activity ideas to help Year 1s secure their understanding of phonics ahead of the screening check

Teaching phonics is an essential part of improving both reading and language skills for young students. And, with the screening check on the horizon, we know it’s particularly important to find engaging ways to recap the same old content.

To help you do just that, we’ve gathered together a selection of activities and worksheets for everyday learning, as well as revision exercises to help pupils refresh their existing knowledge.

Activities and worksheets

Inspire your class to become detectives and spot as many phonemes as they can with these unusual spotter stories. And go on to investigate CVC words with this selection of differentiated worksheets, including visual hints and sentence-writing practice.

If you're looking for ideas on teaching vowel digraphs, this resource pack offers a thorough overview using picture pairs and posters. More specifically, these colourful presentations use imagery and sound clips to engage students in the exploration "ee" and "ey" sounds.

Alternatively, get pupils to recap their understanding more generally by working through this monster book of phonics*, complete with quick questions, challenging tasks and colouring exercises.

Revision exercises

These well-presented flashcards provide a simple way of identifying whether pupils can decode both real and nonsense words.

For a more in-depth approach to revision, get students working independently through this detailed booklet, packed full of a variety of techniques to reinforce their learning. Equally, this revision workbook* is ready to print and use in the classroom when recapping sounds, blends and digraphs.

Why not hide the process of revision behind well-known games that are sure to entertain the whole class? This adaptation of snakes and ladders requires pupils to sound out graphemes and consonant blends to progress through the board, while this simpler magnetic fishing game focuses on letters and words.

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This post was originally published on 26 April 2016, and was refreshed on 31 March 2017.

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