Phonics Mossgate Primary School. Most important thing – From a very early age… Talking and Listening. Reading with and to your child Playing listening games Singing songs and rhymes Simple movement games.
All these things will help to build up connections in the brain, an enjoyment of language and confidence to try things out.
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Children need to practise recognising the grapheme and saying the phoneme that it represents.
c-u-p b-a-t m-a-t
and merging or ‘blending’ them in the order in which they are written to pronounce the word ‘cup’
Nonsense games like this help to build up skills – and are fun!
ll ss zz oa ai
Some words cannot be read by blending, such as said, wasand one and these just have to be remembered.
We will send home tricky words later on in the year on green paper for you to read with your child. With lots of practice children will begin to recognise them. Children will also be sent home with words they can decode using their phonics as and when they learn new sounds.
Things to do at home – practice the flash cards, ask your child to select the correct word, find it in other texts e.g. books.
It is very important that a child holds their pencil in the correct way.
The pencil should be held
in the 'tripod' grip between the thumb and first two fingers. The grip is the same for both left and right handed children.
It is important that letters are formed correctly.
It is often helpful to use dots so that your child knows where to start.
c a t
Activities you could try at home – Writing letters in the air, writing letters on each others backs, sticks in the mud, writing in flour, shaving foam, water, chalk on the wall.