Teaching of Phonics at Southfield Park:
At Southfield Park, we follow the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised phonics programme to teach phonics. This scheme has been validated by the Department for Education and follows current best practice on the teaching of phonics and reading and educational research about the way that children learn best.
Children in Reception and Year 1 have 5 phonics lessons a week where they learn 4 new phonemes (sounds) and they take part in a review lesson at the end of the week to embed the new learning. There are a number of useful resources to support parents and carers at home with phonics. These can be found here.
We have also produced a glossary to assist parents with a guide to the terminology used when we are teaching phonics. Please click here to look at it.
Parents and carers can often worry about the pronunciation of phonemes; these useful videos will help you ensure you’re producing the correct sound:
Phase 2 – sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1
Phase 2 – sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2
Phase 3 – sounds taught in Reception Spring 1
For a breakdown of our phonics progression across the whole school to see what is covered and when please see below.
We welcome you to watch this video for further information about how we teach Early Reading at Southfield Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8otqMW059Q
Supporting your child with reading at home
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
- A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book and remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a particular word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
- A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Would you like some more ideas on how to support your child with reading? Have a look here: Supporting Your Child to Read