Q: Regarding teaching sounds from the sound mats - in class they do 'sound of the day', do you also recap the one from the day before? Do children need to write it out? Which sounds should they know by end of YR?
A: When learning a new sound, we usually do a quick recap of some of the ones already learnt or even a challenge with a timer to go through all of them. The new sound can then be said, maybe written and used in a few words. Playing games with the new sound and the previous ones is easy to do on the phonics play website. Look for the current sound when reading too.
It would be helpful to have a solid knowledge of phase 3 for the end of Reception year. Phase 4 builds on the complexity of the words by including more consonants together and longer words, it also introduces extra ’tricky words’ but no real new ’sounds’. When a child reads a lot, they will already have seen many of the phase 5 sounds in action and you are welcome to do these if you feel confident of the previous ones. However there will be revision of phase 3 and progression from there in Year 1 as children show they are confident in their knowledge. Phase 6 phonics is generally taught to increase fluency and fundamental grammar skills and is usually taught in Year 2.
12.05.2020 - READING UPDATE
Oxford Owl has free e-books that you can access with the same colour bands as we’ve been working in. Take a look - and let us know if you have any questions!
How essential is it to have covered all the material from the spring term timetable and the learning packs before starting the summer material on the class pages website?
Rhythm and rhyme are part of the enjoyment of early learning and pointing them out in reading, trying out making up funny rhyming strings of your own or even writing down a few that you look up can be fun.
How do you explain the teen numbers and what the tens and ones mean?
A number of parents have asked whether it will be possible to change reading books after the Easter break. At the present time, with the government restrictions in place, we do not think there is any way we can safely change the books - so for the time being please use Bug Club which has lots of books at your child's current reading level. We will be checking regularly and adding more books as needed. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.
The Bug Club website is www.activelearnprimary.co.uk.
You might find the below links useful to match books you may have at home to the correct colour reading level.
Q: My child keeps doing some numbers backwards, how do I correct her without her losing confidence or getting frustrated?
How do you teach the high frequency words? Do we need to be rote learning them?
A: It is still really common at this age to reverse numbers and letters. I wouldn’t draw attention to each one, but periodically ask her to check against a sheet of properly written numbers, to pretend she’s the teacher and spot the difference. Really praise her for corrections she makes herself. As she practises the formation correctly with the number formation sheets, it will start to stick. If it’s a particular number, you could make it the number of the week and make it in various ways - maybe play dough, paint or chalk at various times.