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Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Tips - Spotting Digraphs

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place at the start of June. This check is to see how well your child can use their phonics knowledge to help them to read. It doesn’t check their comprehension or fluency. Therefore, they are encouraged to take their time and sound out the words before attempting to read them.


Top Tip

Get your child to spot if there are any digraphs or trigraphs in the word before they sound it out. A digraph is where 2 letters work together to make one sound and a trigraph is where 3 letters work together to make one sound.

If your child sounds out every letter instead of every sound it makes it harder for them to push the sounds together to make a word.


s - o - u - n - d doesn't blend easily to make the word sound but

if we say s-ou-n-d we can run the sounds together to make the word.

The cards in the word pack have the word on one side. On the other side there are dots to show where single letters make a sound and lines to show where letters work together to make one sound. If your child finds it tricky to spot digraphs/trigraphs in words, flip the word card over to show the sound lines and buttons to help.


Encourage your child to tap the buttons and pull their finger along the lines as they say the sound then push them altogether to make the word. You could use playdough to add your own sound buttons and lines to words when you practise reading.



Resources:

Year 1 Word Cards - Phase 5a


Year 1 Space Camp

Discover games and activities to help your child practise the sounds and types of words that will be assessed during the Phonics Screening Check.




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