Sample materials now available: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/assessment/keystage1/a00200415/year-1-phonics-screening-check Interested to hear people's opinions! Got to be honest, as a newbie to Yr 1 with previous experience in Yrs 4-6, my heart does feel a little sad at formally testing 5 year olds like this (although I do agree with the comment that the results should not tell teachers anything they do not already know). To me, it seems possible (and quite unfair to me!) that such young children will be shown nonsense words containing 'less consistent' digraphs such as 'ie'. If you were shown shien, should you read the digraph as in 'ie' in chief or 'ie' in tried. Or have I missed something?! (and if I have, please be gentle! Like I say, I'm a KS1 newbie!!) In fairness, most of the nonsense words given in the sample materials are fairly straightforward. However, I am not 100% sure how to read the word 'hild'! Rhyming with 'killed' was my first thought, but then I thought of the word 'child' and got confused. And I'm a LOT older than 5!! Thoughts....??