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At Heronswood Primary School, on Tuesday 10th January 2017, our Reception parents came for a stay and play session with their children to learn how we teach phonics.

 

In addition we looked at what parents can do at home to help their child develop their phonics skills further.  One of the most crucial elements when introducing the letter sounds to children is that they are exposed to hearing the sounds as ‘pure sounds’.  To support parents with the ‘pure sounds’ we shared the following video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2Ddf_0Om8.

 

During the sessions we worked on oral blending, this is where the children hear the sounds and put them together to make a word e.g. c-a-t  =  cat.  We also practised segmenting the sounds in a word, you use this skill when writing. First you say the word you would like to write and break the sounds down, e.g.  fish  =   f-i-sh.

 

To support children with their reading they need to learn the tricky-bit words and also the 100 high frequency words by the end of Reception. These are being sent home in a little box for you to use at home. Below are some fun activities that children can play at home.