St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

Phonics 

There is a substantial body of evidence which demonstrates that systematic synthetic phonics is the most effective method for teaching all children to read. Phonics teaches children how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make, and blend these sounds together to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to decode new words that they see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

We use a systematic approach for the teaching of phonics based on the Letters and Sounds document. Phonics is crucial for your child to begin to learn to read and write. We began phonics within the first few weeks of starting school. All graphemes as they are learnt from Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be stuck into the phonics book your child will have in their book bag. Please ensure you go through them on a regular basis at home - at least 3 times a week, and ensure that the phonics book is kept in their book bag each day so that we can help your child at school too. Phase 2 and 3 Tricky Words will also be stuck into this phonics book - remember tricky words don't sound out! Please help your child learn how to read and spell them. Use the letter names when spelling tricky words.

Please look at this video for the correct articulation of phonemes (sounds). Pronouncing sounds incorrectly can have a big impact on your child as they begin to read and spell as discussed at our phonics meeting. Please help your child to say the sounds correctly as you go through them.

There was a Phonics Information Meeting explaining the phonics system and how phonics is taught on Wednesday 28th September at 9am. It was really nice to see so many parents there, thank you for coming. If you weren't able to come we have sent a phonics infomation sheet home (it can also be found here), and please do come and ask if you have any questions as we are more than happy to support parents for phonics too! 

The grapheme mats to support your child with their writing can be found here - Phase 2 and Phase 3.

During the summer terms some children will be moving on to Phase 4 and 5 phonics. This means that they will be learning to read and write longer words and will begin to learn the different ways phonemes can be spelt. For example, they will learn that 'ai' can also be written as 'ay' and 'a_e'. There are no new graphemes taught in Phase 4. A grapheme mat for the Phase 5 graphemes can be found here

Phonics games to play at home

You can play Buried Treasure with your child at home by clicking here.

You can download and print a Phase 2 picture and word game - have fun with your child cutting them all out. All the words and pictures are now fully decodable by your child as they contain phonemes we have taught. You can ask your child to orally segment the sounds for each picture, blend the sounds in each word to be able to read each word, and then play a match the correct picture to the word game. Have a competition, who can read the most words?! The Phase 3 version is also available here.

There is also a Phase 2 Bingo game and a Phase 3 Bingo game you can play as a whole family. Who can read the word and match it to their picture first?

The tricky words for Phase 2 and Phase 3  can also be downloaded as well as being found in the back of your child's phonics book. Remember Tricky Words don't sound out.... you just need to be able to read them by sight.You could play a game of hide and seek with them, put them on the kitchen fridge to read each morning, play a game of snap, go on a tricky word hunt outside with them.... the ideas are endless!