Phonics Screening Check


  1. The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1.
  2. It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense).
  3. Expectations from the Government is that pupils should achieve up to 32 out of 40 to reach the expected level.
  4. Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 must be considered for a retake in Year 2.
  5. Support has already been put in place to assist all our pupils to achieve their best outcomes.
  6. St Thomas More will report the result of your child’s score out of 40 along with the % of children who have reached the expected level.  This must be reported to you by the end of the summer term hopefully by the second week in July.
  7. A sample of the types of words that the children will have to read is provided (Groups C-J). Children will be expected to reach Group H in order to achieve the Screening Check standard. Please click here to see lists.


  • Let your child see you read and read to them
  • Tell your child about interesting things that you have read in newspapers, magazines and books.
  • Visit the local library.
  • Visit bookshops.
  • Sit with your child every night and engage with them in their reading. Please make comments in their reading record book to assist the teachers.
  • Discuss with them about what they have read in the book.
  • Ask them to retell the story.
  • Talk about interesting words and identify words or interesting phrases that they might use in their writing.
  • Occasionally ask them to write the sequence of the story and identify characters.