​Year 1 Phonics Screener

The Key Stage 1 Phonics Screener is a short assessment to determine how well each student can use the phonics skills he/she has learned in Year 1. The Screener also helps teachers determine who needs additional support in phonics as the students move into Year 2. 

The screener consists of 40 words - 20 real words and 20 "alien" (non-sense) words. "Alien" (non-words) are a collection of letters that follow common phonics rules that your child has been taught, but are not real words and do not mean anything. Your child will need to read these words with the correct sounds to show they understand phonics rules and can apply these rules to new, unknown words.                                                                                                                                               

The 40 words contained in the screener are divided into two sections - one section with simple words of three or four letters and a second section with more complex word structures of five or six letters. 

The achievement target is a score of 32. 

Learn more about the Year 1 Phonics Screener. Note this video is UK based; however, the Cayman Islands assessment is modelled from the UK system. 


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