2 The Sounds Together Phonic Programme In Foundation Stage 2 at Kimberley Primary School we teach phonics using the ‘Sounds Together’ phonic programme. Every day the children in Bramcote Class have a twenty minute phonics lesson where we learn new phonemes and high frequency words. We practise reading and writing words using our ‘robot voices’. We play lots of games to make the learning of phonics fun and enjoyable!
3 The most important thing from a very early age… Talking and Listening. Reading with and to your childPlaying listening gamesSinging songs and rhymesSimple movement gamesAll these things will help to build up connections in the brain, an enjoyment of language and confidence to try things out.
4 PHONICSCorrect pronunciationCorrect vocabularyWe all need to use the same language at home and at school.Little and often is the key. It does not have to be formal.Link it to your child’s interests.
5 PHONEME A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a word. There are 44 phonemes that we teach.
7 GRAPHEME A grapheme is the letter[s] representing a phoneme e.g. c ai ighChildren need to practise recognising the grapheme and saying the phoneme that it represents.
8 BLENDING Recognising the letter sounds in a written word, for example c-u-pand merging or ‘blending’ them in the order in which they are written to pronounce the word ‘cup’
9 SEGMENTING ‘Chopping Up’ the word to spell it out The opposite of blendingUsing your ‘ROBOT ARMS!’
10 Segment and Blend these words… drepblomgrisNonsense games like this help to build up skills – and are fun!
11 Once children are good with single phonemes then we introduce… DIGRAPHS – 2 letters that make 1 soundll ss zz oa aiTRIGRAPHS – 3 letters that make 1 soundigh dge
12 Segmenting ActivityUse your ‘robot arms’ to say how many phonemes in each word.shelfdresssprintstring
13 Did you get it right? shelf = sh – e – l – f = 4 phonemes dress = d - r - e – ss = 4 phonemessprint = s – p – r – i – n – t = 6 phonemesstring = s – t – r – i – ng = 5 phonemes
14 TRICKY WORDS [ words we can’t sound out!] Words that are not phonically decodeablee.g. was, the, ISome are ‘tricky’ to start with but will become decodeable once we have learned the harder phonemese.g. out, there,
15 Now you have the knowledge…. Play lots of sounds and listening games with your child.Read as much as possible to and with your child.Encourage and praise – get them to have a ‘good guess’.Please come in and see me any time if you need any more help or advice.