Raccoons (Year 1 W)

07.06.2018 - Phonics Screening Check

Dear Parents/ Carers,

As you will recall from my previous message, all Year 1 children will take their National Phonics Screening Test next week, starting Monday 11###sup/sup### June 2018. Ahead of the test, I wanted to provide some information that might be useful for you.

Who takes the test?

All children in Year 1. In addition, any child in Year 2 who did not reach the required level when they took the test in Year 1 will take the test again in Year 2.

What is phonics? Why phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read. They are taught how to:

• Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes

• Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make e.g. sh and oo

• Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to segment and blend new words that they hear or see. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with simpler sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.

What is the phonics screening check?

An annual phonics screening check for Year 1’s. This will further inform the continual assessment of children’s phonic knowledge and the outcome of the check will be shared with parents/carers in the end of year report. It comprises of a list of 40 words that children read one-to-one with their class teacher (Mr Riordan or Miss Moverley in Year 1, Miss Newling or Miss Pottinger in Year 2). The list is a combination of both real and ‘alien’ made up, non-words which rely purely on using phonics to decode. The non-words are words that have been made up and will be shown with a picture of an alien.

What are non-words?

Your child will be told during the check which words are non-words (that they will not have seen before). Your child will be familiar with this because we already use ‘non-words’ or ‘alien words’ when teaching phonics in school. Non-words are important to include because words such as ‘vap’ or ‘jound’ are new to all children. Children cannot read the non-words by using their memory or vocabulary; they have to use their decoding skills. This is a fair way to assess their ability to decode.

After the check

We will tell you about your child’s progress in phonics and how they have done in the screening check as part of the end of year report. If your child has found the check difficult, we will also tell you what support we have put in place to help them improve.

What can I do at home?

Please visit the Phonics Screening Support link on the Raccoons or Otters class pages on our school website. This includes lots of practice tests and fun materials that can be downloaded at home. Free resources and games can also be found at www.phonicsplay.co.uk, www.readwithfonics.com, www.familylearning.org.uk and by playing phonics games on Education City which each child should have a log-in for. We have already covered these in school, but extra practice maybe beneficial over the weekend. This should be the focus of home learning for this week, rather than any other usual activities or spelling practice.


The screening test is just one small measure of some of our youngest children’s’ reading development. So, I want all Raccoons, Otters, Foxes and Dormice to have a lovely, restful and enjoyable weekend and come into school as happy as always next week! That is the best way to be prepared and ready for learning. We are all so proud of you, your achievements and your development already this year, and are sure you will do your very best as always in the screening test J.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. S. Riordan

Year 1 Raccoons Class Teacher and Phonics Lead


Update 05.06.2018 - Welcome back Raccoons!

I hope you enjoyed your half term break and are relaxed, refreshed and ready to learn! This Summer 2 half-term our topic will be 'Journey of Discovery', focusing heavily on plants and the local area. We will develop our investigation skills and learn more about the natural world. In English, we will be studying adventure stories. In Maths, we will be studying position and direction, money, time and place value.

On this page you will find:

   - The home learning grid for the Summer 2 half-term

   - New spellings

   - Topic grid for 'Journey's of Discovery'


Update 24.05.2018 - Phonics Screening and May Break Home Learning

Letter/ Comms to Parents - Phonics Support.

You should have, by now, received a letter/ communication regarding the upcoming Phonics Screening for Year 1 children and those re-sitting in Year 2. We have provided a link below including lots of practical support, games and activities for you and your child to best prepare them for the test, which starts w/c 11th June 2018. Home Learning should focus on sound practice, particularly Phase 5 sounds and recapping Phase 3.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the documents and links below.


Update 23.04.2018

New Home Folders will be coming home for Raccoons this week to make it easier to have everything in one place! These need to come into school every day and will come home every day.

Please see the document below for more information.


Important information:

   - PE days – Tuesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school on a Monday morning. Kits will come home on Friday.

   - Home Learning, including folders with the Home Learning Grids at the front, need to be in by Tuesday each week. Home learning activities will be sent home on a Friday. 

   - Spelling books should come into school ready for Friday spelling tests.

Kind regards,

Mr Riordan and Mrs Sherwood.

Mr S Riordan

Year 1 Raccoons Class Teacher

Mrs H Sherwood

Year 1 Raccoons Learning Support Assistant 

Home Learning Grid KS1 Journeys of discovery.pdf

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Yr1 Wordlist 6 Summer Tem 2 2018.pdf

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KS1 Journeys of Discovery.pdf

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Year 1 Phonics Information for Parents (Website).pdf

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New Home Folders.pdf

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Education City

Purple Mash

Phonics Play

Active Learn Maths

Read With Fonics

Phonics Screening Support

Oxford Owl Free e-Books

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