Burnside Primary School and Nursery
Super Phonics Learning
Many of our pupils in Year 2 have met the standard for the phonics screening check, usually taken at the end of Year 1:
We are delighted with these results for our pupils. This reflects the work of every adult in school who has worked with this group of pupils from Reception, through Year 1 and into Year 2. It is also a credit to children and their parents for all of the practice at home, including during two periods of school closure.
Phonics is very important to us. Learning to read by matching letters to sounds is a key milestone in a child's learning at primary school. Rightly, our ambition and expectations for our pupils is very high. We aim for our pupils to achieve high marks, not just meeting but smashing the threshold pass of 32 marks.
The phonics screening check is a government test for children usually at the end of Year 1. Pupils take the test one-to-one, usually with their class teacher. Whilst children learn phonics to help them with both word reading and spelling, the Phonics Screening Check only tests their skills at word reading. This is sometimes called decoding. During the Phonics Screening Check, children are asked to read (decode) 40 words. Most of these words are real words but some are pseudo-words. Pseudo-words are included to ensure that children are using their decoding skills and not just relying on their memory of words they have read before. Some children may misread these pseudo-words based on their similarity to words in their existing vocabulary, so each pseudo-word is clearly identified with an image of an alien. This means most teachers and children, refer to pseudo-words as 'alien' words.
Our results mean that our pupils can access the whole curriculum, especially from Year 3 onwards. For the 2 pupils who are yet to pass, we will work intensively with them so that they are ready for Year 3.
Year 2 parents, we will share your child's individual results with you once the pass mark has been confirmed.
*threshold pass mark of 32 is yet to be confirmed by the government but has been at 32 for years.