In phonics, all children are now learning phase 3 sounds. In class we spend time recapping both phase 2 and phase 3 sounds we have previously learnt to refresh children's memories and secure the learning.
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Below are some activities which are useful to practice everyday with your child:
Revision of the pure phoneme sounds. Check your child can recognise their sounds and make the correct sound for this.
Once your child recognises the sounds successfully, practise blending sounds together to read words. Start small, e.g.
i-n = in
a-n = an
o-ff = off
Slowly introduce cvc words for reading. These are words made up of a consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC). See some initial examples below. Can your child sound these out and blend to read the words correctly?
See examples below:
s-a-t = sat
k-i-t = kit
Now, ask your child to sound the words below out:
Try creating your own CVC words together. How many real words can you make? Words that don't make sense are called alien words! e.g. f-i-p, s-u-l, b-i-f. How many real/alien words can your child read?
When practising blending, remain patient. When children are learning to blend, there are a lot of skills involved! They are having to recognise each sound, say the sounds in the correct order they see them and blend them quickly together to say the word! Repetition is key. Allow your child to say each sound, repeat what they say but quicker. Can they hear the blend of the sounds as you repeat the word? This will help to build their memory. Eventually, it will come together!
There are lots of blending games available on the web. See some links at the bottom of this page.
Can your child write their name correctly? Names are always a good place to start when it comes to writing. Their name is something we ask them to write on the top of their work daily and is used to label their items in class so it is helpful for your child to be able to recognise this early on.
Remember when writing names, we always start with a capital letter. Encourage your child to learn the capital for their initial letter and to form the rest of their name in lower case letters.