The children will have a Sound Book to revise daily in the first term. Once they are able to blend and segment, they will be issued with a reading book and a word box. Your child has the opportunity to change their reading book everyday. Word boxes are changed weekly on a Friday. Through Tapestry, I may set maths 'learning conversations' to have at home with your child, focused on the topics of the week.
Word Boxes and reading books
For those children who are ready, home reading books and Word Boxes will be introduced later in the first term.
We will begin teaching phonics later in October. Along with assessments on number, shape and letters, I will assess your child’s blending and segmenting skills, and letter sound recognition (more detail to follow at the Parents’ Information Evening). Once your child is confident with these skills, they will be issued a home-school picture book and a Word Box. The children will progress at different speeds, therefore, it is not unusual for this stage to occur at anytime between this term and the Spring term.
I will issue more information at a later date.
How you can support your child with phonics at home
In the first term, we will be using games from the Phase 1 Letters and Sounds Teaching Programme in the classroom, which can be found on the Letters and Sounds website.
You might like to support your child’s learning by playing some listening and speaking games at home. Here are some ideas from the programme:
• Tap a rhythm and ask your child to copy it. Try with different volumes of sound.
• Sing nursery rhymes. Can they spot the rhyming words?
• Play the “I spy with my little eye…” game
• Go on listening walks or take opportunities to listen in different environments – what sounds can they hear?
• Accompany stories with sounds, for example, “Tom went down the slide – wheeeee!”