Year 1 Phonic Screening Check

During the summer term children in Year 1 take part in the Phonic Screening Check. The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

Any children who do not get a score above a threshold mark (32 out of 40 in previous years) are required to attempt the check again in the summer term of Year 2.

Phonics Screening Check parent presentation May 2018


Example of Phonic Screening Check materials


End of Key Stage 1 Assessment (SATs)

During May the children in Year 2 complete specific tasks and tests in reading, mathematics, grammar, punctuation and spelling as part of the end of Key Stage One assessment process-commonly called SATs.  These activities take place informally within classrooms as part of the usual class activities and the children are usually unaware when they have completed them. Staff do not tell the children that they are completing tests and we ask parents and carers to do the same to prevent children becoming anxious.


The Reading Test consists of two separate papers:

  • Paper 1 – consists of a combined reading prompt and answer booklet. The paper includes a list of useful words and some practice questions for teachers to use to introduce the contexts and question types to The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, but is not strictly timed.
  • Paper 2 – consists of an answer booklet and a separate reading There are no practice questions on this paper. Teachers can use their discretion to stop the test early if a pupil is struggling. The test takes approximately 40 minutes to complete, but is not strictly timed.


The Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test consists of two separate papers:

  • Paper 1: Spelling – pupils to spell 20 missing words within a test The test is expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete, but is not strictly timed. Within the assessment, the spelling words are read out to the children to fill into the gaps within the sentences.
  • Paper 2: Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary – a combined question and answer booklet focusing on pupils’ knowledge of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Pupils will have approximately 20 minutes to complete the questions in the test paper, but it is not strictly


There are also two papers for mathematics:

  • Paper 1: Arithmetic – lasts approximately 20 minutes (but this is not strictly timed). It covers calculation methods for all
  • Paper 2: Reasoning – lasts for approximately 35 minutes, which includes time for five aural Pupils will still require calculation skills and questions will be varied including multiple choice, matching, true/false, completing a chart or table or drawing a shape. Some questions will also require children to show or explain their working out.

These tests are in addition to the ongoing teacher assessment which forms a major part of everyday teaching and learning within the school-the actual tests just provide a snapshot of achievement.  At the end of the academic year you will be sent the results of the teacher assessment as these give the most accurate reflection of achievement.

If you were unable to attend our recent SATs information session a copy of the slides are available to view by clicking on the link below.


Find out more about SATs by following the link to a short video.


Click on the links below to download and view examples of some of the SAT papers from 2016:
Sample reading booklet 1
Sample reading booklet 2