Reevy Hill Primary School

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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:


Sound bingo – Draw a bingo board for your child and fold the sounds up in a hat/ bag. Draw sounds one by one, can your child cross them off as they hear the sound?


*Increase the challenge – Can your child do a few different boards at a time? Can you read a sound that they have to spot in a word/ picture on their bingo boards?


Musical freeze – Play some music, have a boogie and have some sounds prepared.


As the music stops, hold a sound card up. Can your child shout the sound out to you?


*Increase the challenge – Can they think of a word with this sound in?