Phonics

The development of phonics knowledge and skills is an integral part of learning to read, write and spell. When Year 1 students understand the alphabetic principle they can recognise that letters represent the sounds in spoken words. They can then use their knowledge of letter–sound relationships to decode and spell words accurately. Assessing students' phonics knowledge is important so that teachers can review their teaching programs or select interventions to improve literacy outcomes.

Before the Year 1 Phonics Check

Find information about conducting the Check including step-by-step guidance for teachers.

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The Year 1 Phonics Check

This quick check can be done in class time and provides a snapshot of each student's phonics knowledge.

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After the Year 1 Phonics Check: for school leaders

Find school planning and resourcing information, including professional and family involvement ideas.

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After the Year 1 Phonics Check: for teachers

What next? Tips for analysing and responding to students' results.

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After the Year 1 Phonics Check: working with individual students

Find case studies, advice and interventions for working with fluent, developing and struggling decoders.

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The structure of the Phonics Check

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This document describes how the Phonics Check is organised in two sections.

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A suggested sequence for a Foundation synthetic phonics program

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A suggested sequence for a Foundation synthetic phonics program.

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Phonics and the Australian Curriculum

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Role of phonic knowledge and word recognition in reading and viewing.

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Phonics Check analysis

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Guiding questions to analyse Phonics Check data.

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13 important aspects of a systemic synthetic phonics program

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The key aspects of a systematic synthetic phonics program.

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Commercial programs and digital resources

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Describes a number of commercial products being used in Australia.

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Rationale for using pseudo words

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Explains what pseudo words are and the rationale for using them.

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Phonics Check: the most common student errors

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Describes the most common errors students make.

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