Teaching Phonics at home
At Lings, we use the Phonics scheme Sounds-Write to teach phonics – this is a very structured programme and the children should be more than able to continue their phonics learning at home (under your direction). Please see the link below to complete some training as to how to teach your child using the Sounds Write system.
https://www.sounds-write.co.uk/ and scroll down to ‘Help your child to read and write’.
Sounds Write have provided their resources free of charge to access from home. We will be providing daily phonics work to complete – please e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which sounds your child is currently learning.
In summary the way that we teach is:
Review the sounds
Adult points to sounds and children to say them precisely. Where there is more than one letter in a sound (diagraph) we say “two letters, one sound”.
We “say the sounds to read the word” – by pointing to each sound individually and then blending them together to read the word. We read each word 3 times.
We say the word and then “segment” it into individual sounds before writing each sound in the word. If your child is having trouble hearing a sound, emphasise that sound as you say the word.
We start with a word and swap one sound to change the word into another e.g. jig to jog to jot. The children are now used to doing this on paper and know to write each word as it changes, e.g. jig jog jot.
We dictate a sentence – children repeat it several times. We remind the children that they need a capital letter, finger space between words and full stop at the end of their sentence. The children then write their sentences.
Useful phonics games
You can supplement their learning with activities from the Phonics Play website. We can direct you to which phases they are working on.
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Good luck and remember you can e-mail us for support, help and advice.