Phonics Screening Check

All children in Year 1 must take the check in June as requested by the Department for Education.  The check involves children reading 40 words which are a combination of real and nonsense words. The check aims to assess children's knowledge of sounds and their representation as letters.


Children in Year 2 should also take the check if they:

  • Did not take it in Year 1
  • Took the check in Year but did not meet the expected standard
  • Started school in Year 2

At Ridgeway, children follow the phonics scheme Read, Write Inc. and we feel this equips children with the necessary skills to be able to successfully take this check. There is more information on this scheme under the Curriculum tab. 


Children will carry out the Phonics Screening Check with Mrs Harford-Smyth in a quiet room. Children are familiar with the format of the check as their progress in reading is assessed at the end of every half term and we will feel this helps children to feel as confident as possible when taking the official check. Please click here for a sample on phonics screening.


If you have any further questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss M Bailey at


Useful Documents

Phonics Workshop Nov2019

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Presentation Apr19