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Phonics

Phonics.

At St Francis Xavier, we follow the Read Write Inc. (RWI) scheme when delivering our phonics sessions each day. We believe that RWI phonics provides the concrete foundations of learning for children to flourish as they grow with a love for reading throughout school. Through the systematic teaching of phonics, children are able to develop their fluency while also building upon their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Through Read, Write, Inc phonics children learn an alphabetic code, each with a matching rhyme which helps the children to retain the sound information. All reading books progress cumulatively, matched to the sound’s children are learning and already know to ensure fluency yet challenge.

Parent Feedback from our Phonics Workshop

Parent Phonics Workshop

Parents and Grandparents were invited to join us at St Francis Xavier for a Phonics Workshop. Miss Cheshire explained the importance of phonics, what phonics is and how we use it in school to help children. Children joined the session to demonstrate a phonics lesson and then were able to take part in phonics activities with their adults. 

Parent video: How to say the sounds

RWI Pure Sounds

Phonics Practice Pack

Teach your child phonics at home with these supporting QR codes containing teaching videos for Set 2 ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou , oy

Teach your child phonics at home with these supporting QR codes containing teaching videos for Set 3 ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure

In Nursery children begin their phonics journey by working through the stages of phonological awareness. They work through structured activities and materials that are used to teach early phonological awareness skills, paving the way for the systematic teaching of phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) later on in the year. We focus on:

  • general sound discrimination
  • environmental sounds
  • instrumental sounds
  • body percussion
  • rhythm and rhyme
  • voice sounds
  • alliteration
  • finally oral blending and segmenting

 After covering all these areas, most children will begin learning their set one sounds.

Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child  learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included.

http://jollylearning.co.uk/ - Games and information for parents

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ - many games to play

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/ - fun games for the children to play

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html  - fun games for the children to play

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_home.cfm  - fun games for the children to play and information for parents

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/  - fun games for the children to play

http://www.starfall.com/  - fun games for the children to play

http://www.firstschoolyears.com/  - fun games for the children to play

Sparklebox - lots of resources to print off and help you support your child at home

BBC Bitesize - many games to play covering all areas of the curriculum

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