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How can I help my child with the Year One Phonics Screening Check? With Jen Shaw [Ep 68]

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If your child is in Year One in a school in the UK you will have heard that at the end of the year they will be doing their first formal assessment, the phonics screening check. 

In this Q and A episode with my guest, Jen Shaw we talk about the check including what it is, what your child will be doing and how you can be helping at home. 

In this episode about the Year One Phonics Screening Check:

Jen answered the following questions about the check:

Do all children in year one do the check? 

What does it actually test? 

Why are there nonsense or alien words? 

Does it matter if they pass? what is the pass mark? 

What if the don’t pass in year 2? 

When will I find out if my child has passed? 

Should I be worried about it as a parent? 

As a teacher what does it help you do? 

As a parent what would the result help you do? 

My child’s school hasn’t even mentioned it, other than in the welcome to year one meeting at the beginning of the year, why is this? 

Should I be getting my child ready for it? How long should we spend on doing this? 

What do they need to know for the check? 

What should I be doing to help them with the check? 

Is it specific to my child’s phonics scheme? 

What can I do to make it fun for them? 

More about Jen 

I’m Jen and I work with parents to help their children become confident readers. Reading is the gateway to all other forms of learning. It gives children so much; from being able to read a street sign, to learning about dinosaurs or outer space, reading can give them all of that and more. They just need to learn how first.

Over the years, I’ve seen so many parents who are concerned about their child’s reading, who want to help them, but don’t know how. I’m on a mission to show parents just how easy it can be to help your child at home, how it doesn’t require hours of tuition, or endless ‘Instagram worthy’ activities. Just 10 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading and take them from curious to confident.

Links mentioned in this episode about the Year One Phonics Screening Check :

Government Guidance on Year One Phonics Screening Check 

Jen Teaches Reading Instagram @jen.teaches.reading

Raising Readers Community 

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