During Year 1 we focus a great deal of our learning on being able to read and use phonics sounds. By the end of Year 1 we are aiming for children to be secure in using all the sounds from Phase 2-Phase 5 in their reading. One of the best ways of becoming secure in these sounds is using flashcards daily.
At school we have been working on Phase 5 sounds, continuing to recap on Phase 3 and using these skills within Phase 4. At Parents Evening in March you will have received a list of Phase 3/5 sounds showing which sounds your child needed to focus on next. If you are unsure please do contact us.
Please refer to the information booklet below if you would like some ideas for phonics activities. There is also a useful glossary of phonics terms.
We are also included all the sounds mats for your use.
The sounds mat below shows alternative spellings for sounds. You will see that some of these we have been working on (for example /igh/) but most of these will be covered in Year 2. They may meet these sounds in their reading but will focus on spelling words in these ways during Year 2.
You will see that some of the activities suggested below can be accessed independently and there are some to do together. For activities like the phoneme spotter story you may wish to break it down and do a paragraph at a time, perhaps reading together. You could list the different /ai/ sound words in different columns for each sound. Perhaps try saying an /ai/ word to your child and telling them which way it is spelt. Can they then write the word? Can they think of the word in a sentence? How can they extend the sentence eg Kate was in pain and...
Phonics and Reading Websites
There are lots of useful websites with phonics information and games.
The Letters and Sounds website has lots of information, resources and games linked to each of the phonics phases.
Pearson Bug Club will allow you to access books that are set to your child's reading level. We will review this as often as possible and try to ensure that new books are allocated.
Oxford Owl has a whole selection of free ebooks, some with linked activities. These are banded according to age group.
We like Mr Thorne does Phonics. This is a link to his youtube channel so be aware there may be adverts/videos may autoplay.
Phonics Play usually only has a selection of free activities available but for the moment they are all free. This site is a fun way to access phonics learning.