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Sounds & Reading

 
When children join St John's, they begin to learn their sounds; a key part in enabling them to read and write. Children have an explicit 20 minute phonics session each day in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Phonics is also continued into Key Stage 2, as a tool to support reading and writing. Phonics sessions at St John's are planned and delivered using a combination of Letters and Sounds, and Jolly Phonics.

At the end of each year in EYFS anf Key Stage 1, children will be assessed against the phonics phase in which they are securely working at. This is as follows:
  • EYFS (Reception) - secure at phase 3, working working within phase 4
  • Year 1 - secure at phase 5, and pass the national phonics screening at the end of the year 
  • Year 2 - secure at phase 6, and have passed the year 1 national phonics screening if this had not been passed the previous year 

To support the learning in school, we have included some useful documents and information about the teaching of phonics and reading at home.


 
 Prompts for reading with your child 
 
 
The Book Introduction

· Talk about what sort of book it is e.g. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry

· Where possible relate the story to the children’s own experience

· Look at front cover and

· encourage prediction; Who? Where? What?

· Look at back cover and blurb

· Look at the illustrations and talk about them together.

 
 

Sharing the book together

· Ask open questions about the text and characters - ‘why do you think…?’

· Model language patterns that may be unfamiliar.

· Point out high frequency words (‘tricky words’)

· Encourage prediction

· Occasionally dip into the text and talk about letter-sound     relationships (phonics).


 

Prompts for Independent Reading
 

· Were there enough words?

· Read it with your finger this time.

· Read it again to see if you can make the words match. Were you right?

· Where is the tricky word?

· What did you notice?

· Would ……….. fit there?

· Would ………. make sense?

· Do you see a word you know?

· Check the picture.

· What happened in the story?

· What would make sense in the   sentence there and sound right?

· What would you expect to see at the beginning of ……..

 

   When your child has finished
 
  • Show me how you point as you read
     
  • Show me what a word is.
     
  • Show me a letter
     
  • Find a word that starts with …..
     
  • Put this word card under...
     
  • Can you make this word with your letters?
     
  • Put a counter under a capital     letter / full stop on page ….
     
  • Can you find a lower case ….to match capital…..?
     
  • Can you find speech bubbles, speech marks?
     
  • Can you find a word that rhymes with …..?
     
  • Can you find a word that starts with…..?
     
 
Recall Questions
 
  • Where does the story take place?
     
  • When did the story take place?
     
  • What did he/she look like?
     
  • Who was he/she?
     
  • Where did he/she live?
     
  • Who are the characters in the book?
     
  • Where in the book would you find?
 
Follow-on activities
 
  • Play a game using text from the book.
     
  • Re-order chopped up sentences or words from the book.
     
  • Write your own story based on the book and illustrate.
     
  • Re-tell the story with finger puppets.
     
  • Re-read familiar texts with the same or similar structure.
     
  • Paint a picture of a favourite   character, part of the story, etc
 
 
HAVE FUN TOGETHER!
 
 

Documents - please click to open

ppt.gif: Foundation Stage sounds

Foundation Stage sounds

File size: 2MB (PowerPoint File)

ppt.gif: How to say the sounds

How to say the sounds

File size: 838KB (PowerPoint File)

Links - please click to open

Mr Thorne does Phonics

Lots of phonics clips to help you with your sounds.

Phase 2 song

An enjoyable song for Phase 2 Jolly Phonics

Phase 3 song

An enjoyable song for Phase 3 Jolly Phonics

Letters & Sounds doc

Documentstion to support the delivery of Phonics using Letters & Sounds

Jolly Phonics Learning

Resources and support linked the Jolly Phonics

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