Notes from the Foundation and Year 1 Phonics meeting on 27/01/2020
Thank you for looking at the phonics folders at home to support your child’s phonics learning. We are really pleased with the progress the children are making using the Floppy’s Phonics scheme.
As we learn the new letter sounds we will continue to put the associated sheet in the phonics folders. Please can you help to cement the children’s learning by rereading the words on the phonic worksheets as each sound is taught. We use green pen and a T to indicate areas they have needed support with and would benefit from practising again at home. We would appreciate it if you could initial the top right corner of the sheet so we can see your child has read the words back to you. Please make sure the folder is put back in book bags. Every two to three days there will be a new sheet added.
Other information in the folder is/will be as follows:
Say the Sounds Sheet (no pictures)
A sheet with all the graphemes (letter sounds) your child has learnt but without the pictures. Although we teach a picture and action with each new sound the aim is to move away from this and just recognise the sound without a picture prompt.
We regularly practise blending words orally at school. Further practise at home will be helpful as this is the first step towards becoming a confident reader. Children should scan a word first to identify letters or groups of letters they have been taught before beginning to blend. E.g. recognising /ck/ in duck and then blending the sounds d-u-ck, running the finger left to right under the word, saying the sounds and then blending together.
We teach a hand routine to help with hearing the sounds in words – left hand palm facing to segment the sounds in a word. We count sounds using our thumb and fingers, from left to right to mirror writing left to right. We say the whole word slowly first then tally the sounds. We then draw dashes for each sound to match the number of sounds in the word. These dashes are then used as ‘writing lines.’ In class we do this on the reverse of the phonics activity sheet.
We teach children to use the tripod grip and encourage children to sit with good posture.
Tricky Words Tree Sheet
This lists words that do not follow the usual rules of phonics. However sometimes these words are only tricky because they contain a code that has not yet been taught.
Five incidental tips sheet
Little tips to help with reading – E.g. when there is a double consonant, for example /ss/ in the word ‘mess,’ we teach children to only say the /s/ sound once.
Finally, we are in the process of reorganising the books children read, so the books that are sent home match their current sound and tricky word knowledge. This will mean that they are not expected to read books they are not confident with. The book will be introduced at school and they can then reread it at home and spend time discussing the content of the book as well. At present, please continue to support your children in the same way that you currently do at home. We will inform you as soon as we are ready to launch the new system.