Reading and phonics workshop

Supporting your child with phonics and reading
I recently ran a workshop on the importance of phonics to support reading. This included how to help your child at home as well as summarising what we do with your child at school. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. 
A summary of the discussion can be found below. I have also attached the leaflet and my presentation as PDF files to download. If you have any questions about phonics please do speak to me. 
Children need to learn how to read but also to enjoy reading. That’s the whole point!

There are lots of  activities which form part of learning how to read.

Here are just some :

  •  Joining in with poems and rhymes
  •  Individually sharing a picture book with an adult
  •  Shared reading (reading  as a class)
  •  Independent reading in the book corner
  •  Paired reading ( sharing books with older children)
  •  Book of the week– reading books by prominent children’s authors
  •  Guided reading sessions
  •  Story time
  •  Drama


What is it and why do we teach it?  

The alphabet contains only 26  letters.  Spoken English uses about 42 sounds (phonemes).  These sounds are represented by letters. A sound can be represented by a letter (e.g. ‘s’ or ‘h’) or a group of letters (e.g. ch or igh).  Once children begin learning sounds they quickly start to read and spell words  using the sounds.


Don’t put any extra emphasis on the ends of letter sounds - these should be short,

 e.g. ‘mmm’ not ‘muh’

‘h’ (whispered) not ‘huh’

Website- https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading/phonics-made-easy/

Identifying sounds

m- a -t    -  3 sounds

K- i- ck – 3 sounds – ‘ck’ is one sound but made of 2 letters. 

f-ou-n-d - 4 sounds—ou is one sound but made of 2 letters