1. Assessing phonemic awareness – Thomas

Assess Thomas’s awareness of the spoken word, syllables, alliteration, rhyme and phoneme.

Before you watch the video

  • Read Chapter 6 ‘Phonological awareness’ of Developing early literacy: Assessment and teaching, 2nd edn, pages 133–160.
  • Print out the assessment sheet Assessing phonemic awareness.
    (This assessment sheet is Figure 6.2, page 140.)

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Watch the video



  • As you watch the video, use the Assessing phonemic awareness sheet to practise assessing phonemic awareness. Each item scores one point if correct. You can practise many times and discuss your findings.
Videos acknowledgements
Thank you to the children who agreed to help us learn about early reading development and to Helen Bettes, Reading Recovery Tutor.

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