Phonics at Clewer Green

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PHONICS AT CLEWER GREEN A guide for parents / carers

What is phonics? Phonics is best understood as a body of knowledge and skills about how the alphabet works.

All schools MUST follow one of the governement validated phonics schemes.


The main principles of systematic phonics Children learn in a clearly defined incremental sequence. Children recognise that letters or groups of letters (graphemes) represent a single sound (phoneme). Children use the skill of BLENDING sounds to read a word. Children apply the skills of SEGMENTING words into sounds to spell.

d e e p S t e s s d n u o s 1

The sounds are taught in groups:

m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h sh r j v y w

th z ch qu x ng nk

Spoken as PURE sounds

'mmm' not muh

d e e p S t e s s d n u o s 2

Children learn the sounds in association with these phrases. ay - may i play? ee - what can you see? igh - fly high ow - blow the snow oo - poo at the zpp oo - look at a book ar - start the car or - shut the door air - thats not fair ir - whirl and twirl ou - shout it out oy - toy for a boy

After learning SET 2 sounds the letter names need to be taught / reinforced.

This will help them when telling the difference between SET 2 and SET 3

d e e p S t e s s d n u o s 3

ea - cup of tea oi - spoil the boy e - he, me, she, we, be a-e - make a cake i-e - nice smile o-e - phone home u-e - huge brute aw - yawn at dawn are - care and share ur - nurse wirh a purse er - a better letter ow - brown cow ai - snail in the rain oa - goat in a boat ew - chew the stew ire - fire fire! ear - hear with your ear ure - sure it's pure

Children learn the alternative spellings of the same sounds.

Assessing and grouping

Children are grouped for phonics teaching in order to tailor the teaching to their needs. Groups are fluid and we regularly assess to ensure children are in the correct group for their current phonic understanding and application.

Introducing a new sound WE TEACH THE CHILDREN TO:

Say the sound

Read the sound

Write the sound

Use the sound independently when reading and writing

We will introduce your child to a toy frog called Fred once he or she is ready to start reading words. Fred can only say the sounds in a word and needs your child to help him read the word. Fred will say the sounds and children will work out the word. For example, Fred will say the sounds c–a–t, and children will say the word cat. This is Fred Talk: sounding out the word.


READING AND WRITING IN SCHOOL Once children have been taught a group of sounds they will be taught to blend sounds to read by 'sounding out' real and nonsesne words. Writing develops alongside. Children are taught to: say the word and count the sounds on their fingers; then say the sound, write the sound, checking that they have all the counted sounds. Children will move onto reading the guided reading books and will re-read these books to develop fluency and understanding. As they become confident with the text , children will be encouarged to become storytellers as they read. Writing tasks linked to the text will allow them to demostrate their understanding of the book and 'sound.'

Summary of how we teach phonics in school........ OVER THE WEEK, OUR DAILY PHONICS SESSIONS WILL COVER:

Introduction of new sounds Review and application of previously learnt sounds Real and nonsense word reading Guided reading - with related RED words (tricky words, to be read on sight), opportunities to build fluency and develop a storytelling voice, activities to develop comprehesion and critical thought, writing opportunities related to the text.

Reading at Home





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