Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write, alongside other strategies, to enable children to become confident readers and writers. It introduces children to the 44 phonics sounds in the English language and helps them to hear, identify and use them in words from the start of Early Years.
At Cranham, we follow the teaching sequence outlined in the Letters and Sounds document and use rhymes, visual aids and resources developed by Read, Write Inc. to support the delivery of this. We call this 'The Cranham Way and hope, by using this systematic approach and engaging resources, that we can support all learners to become confident readers and writers.
There are 5 phases children will go through when learning phonics:
Green word cards are words that use the sounds children have learnt and are green to show that children are able to read them. One side shows sound buttons to help children to blend the individual sounds together to form the word and the other does not, to show children that they should be reading them on sight (fluently, at speed).
Red word cards are words that have 'tricky' patterns or sounds that children have not learnt yet. We 'spread the red' around our classrooms and practise reading these whenever we can.
Fred the puppet helps us to segment and blend sounds together to form words (also known as Fred Talk). He helps us in our phonics sessions... although he can sometimes try to trick us!
Here is a video to show you how our phonics sessions run in class:
There are lots of ways you can help your child to read at home!
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