Phonics in Reception Class
What is phonics?
Phonics refers to a method for teaching children to read and write in English. It involves connecting the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters (e.g that the sound /k/ can be represented by c, k, ck or ch spellings) and teaching them to blend the sounds of letters together to produce approximate pronunciations of unknown words.
Phonics enables children to use individual sounds to construct words. For example, when taught the sounds for the letters s, m, c, t, g, p, a, o they can build up to the words "mat", "cat", "tap" and "pot".
When is phonics taught?
The children in Boot and Bell class take part in phonics session four times per week Tuesday - Friday from 9:15 a.m. - 9:45a.m.
How is phonics structured?
Recap/Revisit - The children are shown flashcards of the phonemes that they have already learnt. We work together to 'say the phoneme' and 'show the action'. This phase helps us to embed the connection between the grapheme (written letter) and phoneme (letter sound).
Teach - The children are taught a new phoneme. We learn the letter name, phonics sound, song and action. Our teachers show us how to sky write the word.
We are learning how to blend phonemes together to read words. We follow this sequence:
Phonics Songs and Actions
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Week 1 - f h
This week's sounds are 'f' and 'h'. Please see below for the phonics songs we sing.
Week 2 - u i
Week 2 - s, m
This week's sounds are 's', 'm'. Please see below for the Phonics song we sing.
Week 3 - c, t
This week's sounds are 'c' and 't'. Please see below for the Phonics song we sing.