Phonics and Early Reading at TSM
Phonics is an essential part of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. It provides children with the skills necessary to decode or sight read words. We strive to provide active, engaging lessons through reading and writing games to embed these early reading skills.
At Trimley St Martin Primary School we use The Department of Education's 'Letters and Sounds' as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics. Please see the PowerPoint below which gives an outline of what Phonics is and how we teach the early reading skills to our children.
Below are some Phonics sheets which may be useful for your child to use when reading and writing at home to support their recall of graphemes and tricky words.
An excellent website for online resources is www.phonicsplay.co.uk there are a range of interactive games the children can play on here to practise to improve their phonetical understanding.
Here is the Jolly Phonics Songs used in Reception to introduce the Phase 2 and Phase 3 graphemes and actions to the children.
It is important the children are able to pronounce the sounds correctly. At times, we find children adding /er/ to the end of phonemes which makes blending tricky. Please see the videos below to support pronunciation of these sounds.
Phonics and Early Reading lead - Miss Thurlow
If you have any queries about Phonics or Reading please contact Miss Thurlow.
At Trimley St Martin we aim to promote a love of reading. We ensure children have access to a range of high quality texts through our whole class Guided Reading lessons, story times and books to take home.
READING AT HOME 5x A WEEK
Our school reading policy requires parents/guardians to hear their child read 5 times a week. Please remember to record your child's reading in their reading record.
Remember there are lots of different ways of reading including, your child's school book, sound folders, books from home, magazine, menus, ipad games... there are so many possibilities!
The school uses a range of books in our banded reading scheme throughout the entire school. The scheme starts and supports early reading from Year R, all the way through to Year 6.
We do not believe in following one scheme and we recognise that there is more to life than Biff and Chip. Therefore, we encourage a range of reading at home, not just banded books.
It is important that the children gain a strong understanding of reading and therefore do not "rush" through the reading stages. Reading at home should be an enjoyable experience for both the child and the adult listening.
Therefore, your child should sound fluent when reading their home book. At school, your child may be reading a slightly more challenging book to extend their understanding, this is when they will spend longer sounding out words and discussing the semantics of words.
Our children need to not only decode words in stories but also to gain a good understanding of the story and structure of books.
We encourage children to discuss a variety of factors relating to the books they have read such as:
Here are some examples of questions you could ask your child when reading at home to support their comprehension skills: