Phonics at Home
Please continue to read and practise Phonics with your children daily. Below are some activities we regularly do in Phonics at school. Your child will be familiar with these games and they're easy to set up at home. Another Reception favourite is 'basketball' in which the adult says a CVC word e.g. cat, jam, fox, sheep, chick and the child sounds it out whilst bouncing their ball and then blends it as they shoot.
A website we often use at school for Phonics is https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk and this is currently free to use with the username march20 and password home. Any of the Phase 2 or 3 games would be ideal to use at home.
We use the Jolly Phonics actions and songs to reinforce the teaching of Phonemes in Reception. You will find the youtube video with all of these songs in the link below
Reading at Home
Please practise reading the everyday words below at home. Some of the words are tricky whilst others are decodable so you can sound them out using your phonics knowledge.
Also, whilst we are unable to physically change your child's reading book at this time here are some websites where you can access free reading books or decodable comics. The books for 4-5 year olds or for Phase 2 or 3 Phonics will be suitable.
Continue to share stories at home too... encourage your child to ask questions and make comments about the story and also ask them questions to check their understanding of the story. Can they retell the main events? Who were the main characters? How did they feel? What happened when...Tell me about...
Handwriting in Early Years.
In Early Years we model and encourage writing with pre-cursive letters. These are formed with ‘entry strokes’ ready for when children begin to join their writing.
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
With the exception of the first letter of a name and at the start of a sentence we always use, and teach the formation of lower case letters.
A cat sat on a mat. A CAT SAT ON A MAT.
Their writing will not be perfect…it is important to praise their efforts and try not to correct them. In Reception, it is about producing ‘recognisable letters’ not perfectly formed.
Attached are our Letter Formation Posters which you can use together at home.
Practise segmenting words to write-
Breaking words down into their separate phonemes c/a/t.
Tricky words -
Some words cannot be sounded out or blended and instead need to be recognised as a whole word.
I to the go no
These are taught as tricky words.
Often children will develop their own way of remembering these words.