At Hadnall, synthetic phonics is taught as the main approach to early reading and spelling. Daily phonics sessions are taught from Reception to Year 2, but for some children the teaching of phonics continues into Key stage 2, if this is necessary.
For Reception and Year 1 children, these sessions follow the Government published programme of ‘Letters and Sounds.’ Each session is a 20 minute structured lesson, where the children have the opportunity to practise reading and spelling. This is a fun session with many opportunities for kinaesthetic learning and enjoyable activities.
Please see the 'Letters and Sounds' Document below.
On 21st March 2019 we held a workshop for parents and carers to explain how we teach phonics at Hadnall. Please see the Powerpoint below and the feedback sheet. If you didn't get chance to complete the feedback sheet please complete it and return it to the school office. Your comments are important to us so that we can provide further workshops which you may find useful.
The Phase mats are also below. Please feel free to print out to use at home!
If you have any questions please see your child's class teacher or Mrs Davies, Phonics Lead.
Phonics apps to support home learning:
- Teach your monster to read (suitable up to phase 3- relevant for reception and some Y1.)
All children in class 1 have a log in for this. Simply enter the star code 1957489 and then your child’s first name with a capital letter, followed by the first initial of their surname (no spaces) e.g. EmmaD. This should allow children to access the game at the same point at both home and school.
- Twinkl suite lite (all phases of letters and sounds covered)
- Alphablocks (some resources can be found for free on the cbeebies website- but the app is paid for)
- Hairy letters (good for supporting children with formation of letters)
- Phonics Play (for desktop/ laptop computers)
- Phonics Hero
Be mindful of American apps which are different to the UK curriculum.
Tricky Words homework
Tricky words are best learnt through practise and rehearsing reading and writing them regularly. At school we use a variety of games and ideas to help children to become familiar with these words, which helps them to recognise them when reading and remember them when spelling.
A few of these games include:
- Bingo- matching the words (a version can be found on ICT games.com)
- Matching games- having the word written out twice and then finding the ones that match (as in a simple matching card game)
- Speed flashcards- show your child the words in quick succession and ask them to read them. Time yourselves and see if you can beat the score next time.
- Children become the teacher- allow your child to test you! Get a few wrong- they’ll love correcting you!
- Writing a silly sentence with the words in
- Spelling tests- children love trying to get them all right. Try again a week later- can you beat your last score?!