Phonics begins in Nursery and continues to be taught and developed through to Year 2. It is the critical part of learning to learning to read and write.

It is split into 7 aspects:

  • Environmental Sounds – identifying animal and instrument sounds
  • Body Percussion – adding actions to songs, changing sounds.
  • Alliteration – saying and knowing words that start with the same letter, same as their name and then more.
  • Voice sounds – adding sound effects, making loud, quiet sounds with voice, sing songs and rhyme.
  • Blending & Segmenting – using sound talk c-a-t, identifying syllables, orally blending and segmenting. How many sounds can you hear?
  • Until children can do these things there is no point teaching them graphemes as they will not be able to make them into words.

Early Learning Goals for Reading:

  • Children read and understand simple sentences
  • They use phonic knowledge to decode regular works and read them aloud accurately
  • They also read some common irregular words
  • They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have learnt.

How you can help with phonics & reading at home:

  • Talk about sounds around you
  •  Practise the phonemes
  •  Practise blending to read new words
  •  Learn how to read the tricky words that you can’t decode eg. the
  •  Segment words to help with spelling
  •  Read regularly and signing the Reading Record
  •  Enjoy reading and let your children see you doing it too!
  • Read when you’re out and about giving Reading its real life value

Parent Phonic and Reading Information evening