Preparing for the phonics screening check

Helen Beevers
15th May 2019
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Stimulating 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 content. To help you do just that, we've packed our primary national tests collection with practice questions, games and revision lessons. Here are just a sample of the resources you will find.

Practice questions

Alternative phonics screening test

We created this test to assess our children halfway through the year or for key children, especially those undergoing Reading Recovery. Words can be edited and action taken after analysis of results.
By JessMyers

Phonics Screening Test Papers and PowerPoints

A selection of three phonics practice papers to use with your year 1 class in preparation for the screening test.
The papers contain original content, but are all based entirely on past papers, progressing from simple cvc phase 3 words to more complex phase 5 words.
There is an accompanying PowerPoint presentation with each paper, so that you can choose to work with the whole class or individuals.
An answer sheet and tick sheet are also included.

PDF file format.
By Blossoming Minds

Phonics Screening Revision Activity - Real/Nonsense words for children to read. Complete Set.

Tried and Tested (I am a primary school teacher)

This download includes a PDF document with 88 pages. There are 8 words per set (4 real/nonsense) and 44 sets altogether. These include words from past phonics screenings as well as sets organised by grapheme.

This can be used as a whole class activity / starter or with 1:1/group interventions.

Children could be asked to independently identify the graphemes in a word and record the number in the box next to it. Or this box could be used to identify whether the child read the words correctly.

There is also an empty box next to an alien at the bottom so children can have a bit of fun creating their own alien words (perhaps with a grapheme that you give them?)

Great revision activity for the upcoming phonics screening.

No preparation needed. Simply print and use. There is a large teacher version (a4) as well as pupil versions (9-per-page) for every set to support use in a classroom context.

Please leave feedback if possible :)

DS Primary
By DSPrimary

Speed Reads for Year 1 phonics test

Words contain the following phonemes; ow, oe, oa, ai, ew, ph, th ch, sh, ck, qu Children must look out for alien words and these slides have an alien picture on them.
By 2cool4skool

Revision aids

CVC Word Worksheets

A selection of CVC word worksheets, suitable for Early Years and KS1.
By ehazelden

Phonics Screening Check 30 page Revision

30 pages of phonics activities perfect for practising alien words from phase 2-5 for the Phonics screening check.

By littlemisstechnical

Phonics Revision Workbook (EYFS/KS1)

Resource Title
Phonics Revision Workbook 1

Age/Year Group
Early Years and Key Stage 1

Total Pages in download
❤ 22

File Type

Resource Content
❂ a 20 page revision workbook
❂ Covers initial sounds / endings and common blends/digraphs
❂ 20 NO Prep Printables includes workbook cover page,just print and staple!

Check the preview!

Reviews and feedback are appreciated, I value all but as we tell our students, try to be constructive!

Printing Tip: This educational resource has been designed for printing on A4 size paper. If you are printing on a different size, select ‘shrink’ or ‘print to fit page’ (or similar option) in order for the contents to fit correctly.

Purchase of this resource entitles YOU, the buyer, the right to reproduce the pages for personal and classroom use ONLY.
Duplication for other classes, an entire school or for commercial use is strictly prohibited without written permission from Polly Puddleduck. Minor editing is allowed but only for personal use.
The document remains under the copyright of Polly Puddleduck even when edited. Posting this item in whole or part on the Internet in any form is strictly prohibited and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Polly Puddleduck ©2016

Other phonics related resources can be found in my shop!

Clip a Sound

Phonics Jigsaw Challenge Pack

By PollyPuddleduck

Y1 Phonics Screening Practise: New words

Two sets of flashcards to get the children used to reading real and nonsense words for the screening in June. These are new words, different to the government issued ones. Each child will be required to read 40 words. It is intended you use either set A or set B as they contain a balance of real / made up words with A1 being easier than A2. Hope that makes sense. Set B is just a repeat of the activity.
By renosparks

Games and quizzes

Phonics screening revision game

I made this snakes and ladders type game to help reinforce all the graphemes up to phase 5 as prep for the screening test. Also sneaked in some consonant blends too. I'll use groups of three with my phonics group and enlarge the document to A3. You can change any of the graphemes to meet the needs of your learners.
By e_bray

Loop (follow-me) Cards - Alien (nonsense) Words

The children in my Phonics group absolutely love a Loop (follow-me) card activity, and with the Phonics screening test coming up, I have prepared a version which includes alien words (many of which are from the last couple of year's tests, including their great alien images, plus a few more). This addresses both blending and segmenting skills, as they have to recognise the first word on their card when spoken, and then read the second word correctly for the next child to recognise.

I have a large phonics group, so there are 32 cards, but feel free to reduce for smaller groups. I hope this is useful, and that your classes have as much fun as mine using this activity.

(Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0)
By carolyn_nelson

Hannah's Phonics Stories; Phonics Card Game

I am really excited to show you my first phonics game.

This pack includes a set of cards, including 13 different sounds;

ay, ee, igh, ow, long oo, short oo, ar, or, sh, unvoiced th, voiced th, ch and tch.

Included are a set of game ideas, although the possibilities really are endless!! Examples include, Phonics snap, Phonics go fish or pairs.

These could be used along side your phonics, or as an individual game for children to play during guided reading sessions, or as part of continuous provision.

They are a fun way for children to learn, revise and consolidate their sounds. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Using original illustrations from Hannah's Phonics Stories.

I will bring out another pack once I have done another 13 sounds!! Feedback warmly welcomed!!
By hannahmhayes91

Roll it, read it Phonics games phases 2-5 tricky words

Each player has a different set of coloured counters. Each person throws the die and chooses a word from that column. They read the word and cover it with their counter. At the end of the game the person who has the most of their coloured counter on the board is the winner.
By Elsasupport

Teacher resources

Mrs Pryce's phonics-ee, ey..

This is a power point presentation of funny phonics which works with letters and sounds, but can also be adapted to work alongside Letter land and Jolly phonics. These slides focus on ee, ey and revision of phase 3 (ee).
By AnnePryce

Phonics Screening Practice - Pseudo (fake/nonsense) words - Alien Resource Pack

Save yourself HOURS of work with this lovely interactive resource pack providing practice materials for the pseudo words that children will encounter during the year one phonics screening check.

The pack contains 2 colourful PowerPoint presentations, 2 sets of printable flash cards, a lesson plan and an activity sheet. The resources would provide a numerous lesson and can be used year on year.

The pack focuses solely on the pseudo words as in my experience, these tend to be the words children find most challenging in the check, even for able readers.

The materials have been carefully prepared following the principles of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) screening checks, ensuring a broad coverage of sounds including vowel digraphs and common consonant blends.
By _noaddedsugar

Phonics Screening Word Generators

For each of the Phonics Screening Tests there is a word generator. Press s to stop them spinning and enter to carry on.

Take a look at our video video to see it in action.

Tests included: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
By FunkyPhonics

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Practise

Daily Phonics revisit and practise.
Slides to use daily to recap previously taught phonemes.

There are 34 slides within each presentation.

Altogether there are

Pupils to read graphemes, real words and pseudo/Monster words.

Words used are mainly from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Phonics Screening Checks.

By katieogrady

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