The new Year 1 Phonics test is nearly upon us and good practice has been identified :
Regular assessment of phonics learning
St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale
It’s crucial that all schools realise that this is just a check, not a test, in order to identify where the children are in their learning and what needs to be done. We assess our pupils’ understanding every six weeks, taking into account our phonics programme and teacher assessment. If children’s phonics abilities are regularly assessed and tracked, assessment outcomes become more predictable, because we can intervene straight away and support the child to next level of learning, keeping them on a good trajectory. As a result, the phonics screening check confirmed our own regular assessment outcomes.