Arundel CofE Primary School

Year 1 (aged 6): phonics screening

No end of key stage SATs assessments took place at the end of the academic years 2021 and 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions.

At the end of Year 1, pupils are tested on their ability to match sounds with letters. This assessment is known as the Phonics Screening Test. ‘Sounding out words’ using phonological awareness and understanding of sound-letter correspondence is a key early reading skill. Using phonology is not the only way children learn to read – they employ a range of other strategies – but being good at phonics is seen as a most important starting point.

Y1 Phonics data

Year

Pupils passing the test

Average mark (40)

2022-23

75%

33.8

2021-22

66%

31.4

2018-19

87%

35.4

2017-18

90%

33.9

4 year av.

80%

33.6