Phonics at Randwick
Phonics is the way we teach the children to read and write. It helps the children to hear, identify and use single units of sound.
A large part of the work we do to prepare the children for reading and writing during the transition period is to work on their phonological awareness - hearing the sounds within words, by encouraging them to play games that help them to listen to the initial sound of a word, hear the individual sounds - eye spy, Simon says touch your t-oe-s
At Randwick we begin teaching synthetic phonics as soon as the children are in school using the Phonics Bug scheme. It is a structured, multi-sensory, incremental and code –orientated, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. We also teach high frequency words and spelling lists are provided throughout the year in every year group.
Sounds / letter names – both are taught, but we begin with the pure sound that the letter makes:
‘a’ as in cat
‘s’ not ‘su’
In order to be able to read the children not only need to know and recognise the sounds, but they also need to be able to blend the sounds together to form a word. This is part of every phonics session, as it is often a tricky thing for the children to master!
We ask that you support by reading a little every day with your child, talking about the story, characters, predicting what migh happen next. There are usually ideas for things to ask or talk about on the front and back cover of the home reading books.
We know that many adults will refer back to the way in which they were taught when helping their children to learn to read. The way we pronounce each sound is very important when supporting the children to blend the sounds into words. This is a great clip to remind you of the correct pronunciation of each sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlTw0oiLNys
Useful websites and apps:
Mr Thorne does phonics (youtube) – great for modelling how to say the sounds.
Gereldine the Giraffe - videos on youtube to support the teaching of sounds, games on the website for phonics and ‘tricky’ words
Phonicsplay.co.uk - games for all phases of phonics
Alphablocks – (cbeebies) short clips, games
Teach Your Little Monster to Read - app
The order in which we teach the sounds:
Set 1: s a t p
Set 2: i n m d
Set 3: g o c k
Set 4: ck e u r
Set 5: h b f ff ll ss
Tricky words - to, I, no, go, the, into
j v w x y z,zz
qu ch sh th ng
ai ee igh oa oo
ar or ur ow oi er
ear air ure
Tricky words – he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all, are