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Phonics

Reading and Phonics in EYFS and Year One

Reading is an extremely important skill - in fact it is the master skill of the curriculum. This journey began long before your child started school through the enjoyment of nursery rhymes and picture books at home. We believe that this enjoyment of stories, rhymes and poems which begins at a very young age is the secret ingredient in developing lifelong readers. Our approach through the Early Years and into Key Stage 1 is to nurture this, allow it to grow and ultimately, to flourish.

 

At Bollin Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression (see below) which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. 

 

How children learn to read

  • Phonics is the only route to decoding.
  • Learning to say the phonic sounds.
  • By blending phonic sounds to read words.
  • Increasing the child’s fluency in reading sounds, words and books.

 

Reading fully decodable books

  • Children must read books consistent with their phonic knowledge.
  • It is essential not to use other strategies to work out words (including guessing words, deducing meaning from pictures, grammar, context clues or whole word recognition).  
  • Books must be fully decodable and follow the Little Wandle scheme
  • Children need to read books in a progressive sequence until they can decode unfamiliar words confidently.

 

The role of Parents’ and Carers’ 

  • Have a positive impact on their child’s reading.
  • Should model the importance of reading practice to develop fluency.
  • Children take home books they have read at school to re-read at home to build fluency.
  • There are two different types of books that pupils bring home: reading practice and books to share for pleasure.
  • Reading at home encourages a love of books, along with developing vocabulary and discussion.
  • Parents should use voices, expression, discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, talk about the pictures, and predict what might happen next.
  • Give positive yet informative feedback in the home reading diary at least 3 times a week

 

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book: This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child, they should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book:  Your child will not be able to read this on their own, this book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

 

1. Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

 2. Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

 

Pronouncing sounds

The first three films below show parents how to pronounce the sounds. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’.

 

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

This Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1 film is designed to be shared with families by schools using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to help them to support learning at home.

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

This Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2 film is designed to be shared with families by schools using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to help them to support learning at home.

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

This Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1 film is designed to be shared with families by schools using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to help them to support learning at home.

How we Teach Blending - specific aspects of phonics 1/3

1st of 3 films showing parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class. This How we Teach Blending film is designed to be shared with families to help them support their child with learning at home.

Quick Guide to Alien Words - specific aspects of phonics 2/3

2nd of 3 films showing parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class. This Alien words video is designed to be shared with families by schools using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised complete phonics programme.

How we Teach Tricky Words - specific aspects of phonics 3/3

3rd of 3 films showing parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class. This explanation of tricky words film is designed to be shared with families to help them support their child with learning at home.