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Bug Club Update - Thursday 15th October 2020


Last year, you may remember we introduced a new reading scheme to the children at Clarendon Infant School.  It is called Pearson Bug Club. The scheme has a comprehensive collection of high quality reading books for the children to use in school. Pearson bug club also has an online element which you can access at home. You may have used this reading resource during online learning and are aware that it has lots of books which you can read at home.


In your child’s reading record, there is a login in and password so your child can access this resource at home. Each child has been issued a new password. The website is: - there is a digital link below you may use. If you have any issues with your child’s login and/or password, please speak to your child’s teacher – thank you!


We hope you enjoy using this fantastic reading resource at home!

General Phonics Information

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.


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 have 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.

Phonics and Reading Websites


There are lots of useful websites with phonics information and games. Here are a range of different ones you could use at home:


DfE letters and sounds home learning lessons - daily lessons on YouTube


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 has a selection of free  and fun resources you can use at home with your child. It also gives you the option to create your own account on the website however this will need to be paid for.