PHONICS CHECK... Wallaroo Mines Primary School held a Phonics Check with year 1 students on Wednesday, August 8. Teacher Christy Western sits with student Riley Ayles as he sounds out the provided words. PHONICS CHECK... Wallaroo Mines Primary School held a Phonics Check with year 1 students on Wednesday, August 8. Teacher Christy Western sits with student Riley Ayles as he sounds out the provided words.

Phonics Check a must in South Australian schools

SOUTH Australia is the first state in the country to make Year 1 Phonics Checks compulsory for government schools in response to declining student literacy skills.

The check originated in England six years ago and is designed to benefit children learning to read by identifying where support is needed to develop their skills.

Students sit one-on-one with a teacher and read 40 words — 20 real and 20 nonsense — which become more difficult as the check progresses.

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