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Phonics/ Early Reading

Please continue to practise reading with your child daily.


As well as practising decoding new words, discuss the text to develop your child's comprehension and recall of the story.


Our phonics sessions in school always begin with a recap of all the sounds the children have learnt so far. There are lots of songs we use that the children are familiar with to practise these. We also look at pronouncing each capital letter correctly with the use of the alphabet song below: 



Children also take part in daily 'tricky word' practise. Tricky words are words which cannot be sounded out and so children need to learn to recognise these on sight.



At this stage of the year, we are encouraging independence in sounding out and blending for reading. Children are practising segmenting for spelling when writing short captions and sentences and remembering the importance of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 


Help your child to practise this with a small spelling test of CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) e.g. h-a-t, p-i-n, s-u-n


Once they can confidently do this, have a go at CVCC words (consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant) e.g. fast, hunt, sand


Encourage reading your child's writing back together to check whether it makes sense



Fun phonics practise

Try some of these ideas for getting your child engaged in reading:


Phonics hunt - hide sounds/words around the house and hand your child a checklist of the sounds/words they need to find. Can they read them aloud and tell you which sound they are looking for.


Phoneme spotting - use magazines/newspapers/books around the house. Ask your child to look for certain sounds and highlight them once they have found them. Do they notice any patterns as to where they spot these sounds within words? Can they spot any tricky words? 


SPLAT! - Write sounds/ words on paper and scatter them on your floor. Shout a word aloud and see if your child can splat it with their hand/jump on it! You could even time them to see how many they can SPLAT correctly in a minute!



Scatter your sounds out in front of you and see how many you can put together in different orders to make new words! Can you child write these down or even put them into a short sentence?