Helping Your Child To Read

Helping Your Child To Read

Helping Your Child To Read Phonics We follow a scheme called Letters and Sounds. Phase 1 includes listening for sounds in the environment e.g. animal noises, sounds around the home and instrumental sounds. Phase 2 consists of letter sounds (see Phase 2 sound mat). Phase 3 continues with the last few letters of the alphabet and then digraphs (two letters making one sound e.g. sh, ch, th). It also

contains trigraphs (three letters making one sound e.g. igh) and long vowel sounds - e.g. ai, ee, oa, etc (see Phase 3 sound mat). Your child may have been to Nursery and already know some sounds. These are learnt with songs and actions using Jolly Phonics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Ql0tD0dcI When we teach the letters of the alphabet we concentrate on the sound rather than the letter name. Play simple initial sound games e.g. I-Spy, Kims Game, etc. Useful interactive resources:

Geraldine the Giraffe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUmUpf-JNoU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzUz41TjAmg http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-initial-sound-game-1.html Teach your Monster To Read is another useful resource. It is usually free for the PC but sometimes have to pay for the app. BLENDING When children learn to read, they need to be able to blend the sounds together. For example p-a-t says pat/ p-i-n says pin.

In school we begin with the letter sounds s, a, t, i, p, n and use them to make words. These are the white flashcards in your childs reading bag. We use various interactive phonics resources to help your childs learning: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ovJIxTQpsU Tricky words song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0 Reading Scheme

We start with lilac picture books which do not contain words. These are really useful to get your child talking about the pictures, telling the story in their own words. Questions parents could ask: What are they doing? Where are they? Who is in the story? How do you think the boy is feeling? Why? After lilac books, children move on to pink band books.

These are phonetically decodable books so we only do this when children are ready. We send home pink flashcards which are tailored to the first set of pink band books. Children need to be able to blend the sounds together. These are CVC words e.g. sit, top, map, etc. Towards the end of pink band books words like hill, fuss, buzz are included. There are games at the back of books to consolidate the sounds and blending.

After pink band books the children move on to red band books. They contain more tricky words and longer words. These have CVCC words in e.g. jump, land, lift, etc. And CCVC words e.g. flap, glad, snip, etc. Once your child is reading simple sentences independently, theyve reached their Early Learning Goal! Please come and speak to a member of staff if you have any questions or concerns about your childs reading.

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