How Can I Help My Child With Phonics At Home?
At North Nibley Primary school we use a systematic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’, which are words with spellings that are irregular.
During their Reception year children will cover Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of Letters and sounds. In Year 1 they will cover Phase 4 and 5.
In Phase 2 and Phase 3 children will learn around 3 new sounds a week. During Phase 5 children will learn ‘alternative’ sounds or ‘sound families’ for the sounds previously learnt – for example rain, made and may.
It is important that your child pronounces the sounds correctly, without adding an ‘uh’ sound to the end. The letter b makes the sound ‘b’ not ‘buh’. The following video demonstrates the correct pronunciation for each sound.
It is essential that at every stage your child practises their sounds daily. It is not enough to just ‘know their sounds’ they need to be able to recall every sound quickly and without hesitation.
Regular practice of ‘tricky words’ will also improve the fluency of your child’s reading and writing.
The following site has a really useful page for parents which explains the different phonics phases and which sounds and ‘tricky words’ are included in each one.
Below I have listed some interactive games which you may feel are useful for your child to play. There are also many phonics board games, bingo games and apps around – however you can also just use simple flash cards and reading books.
To give your child the best start on their reading journey, you must find time to read with your child each day. In Reception and Year 1 this should take around 20 minutes and should include reviewing sound flashcards and reading their home reading book.
If you would like any further support on how to help your child with phonics at home, please speak to their teacher who would be happy to help.