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1 Literacy is Tremendous! 5 Sessions a week Reading. Writing. Speaking and Listening.

2 Each Literacy unit lasts 2-3 weeks and focuses on a text type, e.g. poetry, narrative or non- fiction. “Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire” W.B. Yeats Ask them to suspend disbelief and step into a whole new world…. An Enriched Curriculum!

3 We don’t believe in lids… …we believe in challenge! All our Literacy sessions are taught in a challenging and open ended way so that pupils always have the opportunity to exceed expectations.

4 What is phonics? We teach these two main skills… TermMeaning To segment To split a word into its separate sounds, as an aid to spelling. To blend To list the sounds within a word and put together quickly to form the word. (Taught as a strategy for reading unknown words.) Virginia Bridge / Phonics glossary / August 2000 b – oa - t

5 TermMeaningExamples PhonemeThe smallest unit of sound that you can hear within a word. The word phoneme refers to the sound, NOT the letter(s) which represent the sound in writing. c/a/t = 3 phonemes th/e/n = 3 phonemes ch/air = 2 phonemes w/e/n/t = 4 phonemes GraphemeThe written representation of a phoneme. c/a/t = 3 graphemes th/e/n = 3 graphemes ch/air = 2 graphemes w/e/n/t = 4 graphemes A phoneme you hear and a grapheme you see A word always has the same number of phonemes as graphemes. And the knowledge of the graphemes and phonemes

6 At a glance, phonics is…. Skills of oral and written blending and segmenting. Knowledge of the graphemes and phonemes. And tricky words of course! E.g. the, because. Not all of the ‘key’ words are tricky. Some are phonetic e.g. back, get. These still need to be recognised on sight as they are ‘high frequency words’. These are the basic skills needed for reading and writing. because

7 Sounds of English 44 sounds or ‘phonemes’ Pure sounds ‘mmm’ not ‘muh’. No schwaring please!! mst instead of must. The school website has a video that demonstrates the correct articulation of all these phonemes.

8 Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds Phase 1 Oral blending and segmenting: Hearing and saying sounds in words before learning to read and write them. Phase 2

9 Phase 3 – Digraphs (Phonemes or graphemes made up of two or more letters)

10 Phase 4 Initial and final consonant clusters, e.g. free or went. Phase 5 Alternative spellings and pronounciations of previously learnt phonemes and graphemes. For example there are only 44 phonemes in the English Language but there are over 100 different ways to spell them.

11 /ai/pain, day, gate, station /ee/ sweet, heat, thief, these /ie/ tried, light, my, shine, mind /oa/road, blow, bone, cold /oo/ moon, blue, grew, tune To make it a bit clearer for you…..! The length of the word doesn’t necessarily dictate it’s difficulty, e.g. children may learn to spell a word like ‘chimpanzee’ before they learn a word like ‘thief’.

12 Phase Six Past tense, adding suffixes, e.g. ‘ly’, ‘ful’ ‘ness’ and spelling of more complex words.

13 Year 3 Onwards: Support for Spelling

14 Children need the opportunity to apply their phonic knowledge independently. Mistakes aren’t a problem, they’re a challenge! Bear this in mind when supporting children with home learning. Copying doesn’t help! Self assessment is key! Encourage children to ‘split’ the syllables in polysyllabic words.

15 As children progress through Phase 5 onwards we ask them to apply their knowledge of alternative graphemes. Try writing it different ways. Which way do you think looks right? norty nawty nauty naughty

16 Other spelling tips i before e except after c There is ‘a rat’ in separate Mix up desert and dessert? With dessert you like seconds so there is a second ‘s’! Wednesday (say the ‘nes’!) Acronyms! B- Big, E- elephants, C-can’t, A – always, U-use, S- small, E-exits = BECAUSE! In Year 3, we continue to teach children to use the spelling patterns they are learning. E.g. we have learnt when a word has a ‘y’ on the end, the plural usually changes it to ‘ies’ so how do you think we will write the plural for army?

17 VCOP and Big Write Violet Vocabulary has a wow word for every occasion. Doctor Punctuation makes sure every sentence packs a punch! The Incredible Opener starts every sentence with some oomph! Captain Connective links longer sentences together! Sergeant Sabotage is out to spoil your sentence!

18 Progression

19 Activity! WALT: understand the importance of developing vocabulary. Listen to the audio clip from ‘The Twits’. Write down any ‘wow words’ (any appropriate descriptive language, e.g. adjectives, adverbs, technical vocabulary, etc) that you hear. http :// :// WILF: Must: Write down any wow words you hear. Should: Think about why they are appropriate wow words. Could: Write down any connectives or openers you hear too!

20 Talk for Writing Getting children to verbalise and discuss what they want to write before they write, makes a huge difference. If they can’t say it, they can’t write it!

21 Peer/Self Assessment

22 1b 2b Punctuation more accurate. Less phonetic Words used more for effect.

23 Beginning to use paragraphs. Speech marks. More sophisticate vocabulary. Spelling largely accurate. Use of a range of connectives and openers. A more detailed break down of the levels for reading and writing as well as your child’s individual level and target will be shared at parent’s evening.

24 Guided Reading An opportunity to…. Assess the children. Develop their technical reading skills. Develop their comprehension skills. See the school website (on handout) for an example of this.

25 Sound buttons, e.g coat Split digraphs (e.g. bike, rode) The phonics screening test and the importance of nonsense words Use the ‘pause, prompt, praise’ flowchart to develop independent reading skills Use comprehension questions to develop your child’s contextual understanding of a text Join the library! Reading Tips

26 Handwriting

27 Let’s hear it for the boys! The gender gap is narrowing but there is still a lot to do…. Outdoor writing – clipboards are great! Write a football commentary! Comics. ICT! (see handout for websites). Toy Story pens and pencils. Treasure hunts! Shopping lists, letters, posters, labels – children love writing for a purpose! Silly sentences. Kung Fu Punctuation. Calling all Dads, uncles, big brothers etc! Your school needs you!

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