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1 Our School Mission Statement: At Star Primary School we believe that everyone is equally loved and accepted. Acknowledging the diversity of our community we J Provide a broad and balanced curriculum encouraging every child to take the opportunity to achieve their full potential; J Nurture positive home, school and community relationships; Phonics Parent Guide J Promote tolerance and respect for all people and the world we live in. Star Primary School Star Lane, Canning Town, London, E16 4NH Tel: (020) Fax: (020) Where success begins!

2 Welcome to phonics At Star primary it is our aim to ensure children are competent and confident readers and writers by the time they leave year 6. We begin this process from nursery through the rigorous teaching of phonics! Phonics is the first step in supporting your child to read and write. During our daily phonic lessons children are taught to listen, look and distinguish between the different sounds. This provides children with the vital decoding skills required to read! At home, when reading with your child, ask them to use their phonics to help read new words. What is Letters and Sounds? Letters & Sounds is a government programme for teaching phonics and high frequency words. It is split into 6 phases which are taught across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. J Phase 1 Nursery / Reception J Phase 2 Reception J Phase 3 Reception J Phase 4 Year 1 J Phase 5 Year 1 J Phase 6 Year 2 2 3

3 How to practise phonics at home What is blending? For reading (decoding) say the sounds left to right of the word and blend the sounds to hear the whole word! ALWAYS SAY THE BLENDED WORD! Some examples Z-e-b-r-a Zebra L S-n-ai-l L Snail Ch-i-m-p-a-n-z-ee L [ [ Chimpanzee [ How do I blend? Point under each letter or letter group as you say the sound, then run your finger under the whole word as you say the whole word. Phase 1 Phase 1 focuses on rhythm, rhyme, speaking and listening skills. It includes singing lots of nursery rhymes, playing listening games and using musical instruments. Things to try at home J Play games like I spy. J Sing songs and rhymes together. J Share lots of books! 4 5

4 Phase 2 Phase 3 Children learn 24 NEW sounds in phase 2. s a t p i n Phase 3 builds on phase 2. Children learn 26 more sounds and 12 more tricky words! Including some where the same letters can make different sounds e.g. oo - book, loop. m d g o c k j v zz qu ai ee or ur ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss w y he x z ch th she sh ng igh oo oa ar ow ear ure oi air er we me They should be able to blend CVC words. E.g. when you to the be was sound out c-a-t, they can tell you the word is cat. They no go you they should also be able to orally segment CVC words. E.g. when you say mum, they can pick out all are Children should also be able the sounds m-u-m. I into my her to spell the 5 tricky words from phase 2! 6 7

5 Phase 4 Phase 5 In Phase 4, children consolidate their phoneme knowledge from Phase 3 and begin to blend and spell polysyllabic words (eg shampoo; chimpanzee). ay ie ou ea ue wh aw ph au ey u-e a-e e-e The children should now be able to spell the Phase 3 words. oy ir ew oe i-e o-e During Phase 4, sounds with adjacent consonants or initial and final blends are taught e.g. bl, dr, sc, ft, ct (eg soft, act). These can be sounded out by recognising them quickly which makes for a stronger reader. There are 14 more tricky words to learn by sight! There are 19 more sounds to learn! Plus their alternative pronunciation! i fin, find ow cow, blow y yes, by, very o hot, cold ie tie, field ch chin, school, chef c cat, nice ea eat, bread ou out, shoulder, could, you g got, giant a hat, what u but, put said have like little one oh their looked called people so do some come what asked could Mrs Mr were there when out 9 more tricky words to learn! 8 9

6 First 100 high frequency words the and a to said in he I of it was you they on she is for at his but that with all we can are up had my her what there out this have went be like some so not then were go little as no mum one them do me down dad big when it s see looked very look don t come will into back from children him Mr get just now came oh about got their people your put could house old too by day made time I m if help Mrs called here off asked saw make an By the end of Year 1, the children should be confidently reading all of these words! They should be writing them too! 10 11

7 Phase 6 In Phase 6, the focus is on learning spelling rules for word endings or suffixes. They learn how words change when you add certain letters. There are 12 different suffixes taught. -s -es -ing -ed -er -est -y -ness -ful -ly -ment -en safe safest buzz safer safely buzzes Children should also continue to practise applying the sounds learnt to their reading and writing! Children should also practise reading and writing the next 200 common words! Next 200 common words water away good want over how did man going where would or took school think home who didn t ran know bear can t again cat long things new after wanted eat everyone our two has yes play take thought dog well find more I ll round tree magic shouted us other food fox through way been stop must 12 13

8 red door right sea these began boy animals never next first work lots need that s baby fish gave mouse something bed may still found live say soon night narrator small car couldn t three head king town I ve around every garden fast only many laughed let s much suddenly told another great why cried keep room last jumped because even am before gran clothes tell key fun place mother sat boat window sleep feet morning queen each book its green different let girl which inside run any under hat snow air trees bad tea top eyes fell friends box dark grandad there s looking end than best better hot sun across gone hard floppy really wind wish eggs once please thing stopped ever 14 15

9 miss most cold park lived birds duck horse rabbit white coming he s river liked giant looks use along plants dragon pulled we re fly grow All of these words and sounds form the basis of reading and writing. They should be known before the children go into key stage 2! Useful websites Below is a list of websites that can support you and your child with letters and sounds! Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. Use our username and password to access all the games! Username: starschool Password: starlane 16 17

10 How to help your child Listen to your child read every day! Practise the phonics sounds with your child! said have ue aw wh ph ew oe ay ou Make comments in your child s reading log! Let us know how they read at home! like do so Practise the tricky words as much as you can! Verbally sound out everyday words! C_A_T! Read bedtime AND daytime stories! Get them excited about books! Play FREE phonic games online! 18 19

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