Am I missing something? We have known about these tests since the beginning of the year so frankly there is no excuse for not being ready. Only 2 of my children 'failed'. One is a traveller child and the other only started at Easter. We teach phonics every day as a strategy for children to decode words they meet in their reading books. They are read with individually twice a week in order to develop the other skills of reading, such as fluency, expression, inference etc. I teach year one and 2/3 of my children are on level 6 books and beyond. I was also finished the whole class by lunch on Monday as it really only takes 5 minutes or so per child - if they have been taught phonics effectively.