This page is to help you understand how we teach phonics at Bolshaw Primary School and the part that you can play in helping your child become a confident and fluent reader. Our aim is for all our children to become independent, life long readers, able to read a wide range of texts for a variety of purposes with understanding and for pleasure. We welcome and encourage support from home in the teaching of phonics and reading. We work in joint partnership between home and school to help children develop this vital skill.
In school, we follow the DFE Letters and Sounds programme and we learn the Jolly Phonics actions alongside each phoneme. Children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 take part in high-quality phonics sessions every day. These are fun sessions involving lots of speaking, listening and games, where the emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent learning during the day.
At the beginning of every year we hold a phonics and reading workshop for parents. Below is our powerpoint and a phonics guide leaflet that we discuss at the evening. It also includes a pronunication guide, which may be especially useful as a reference for the correct phonetic pronunciation of sounds. There are also some useful websites to help support your child with their phonics at home.
Ask your teacher for advice on how your child is doing in phonics, and whether there are certain areas you should focus on at home. Every child learns differently. If your child struggles with phonics, your child’s teacher will have already contacted you to discuss the extra support they are receiving and ways you can support them at home.
Below are links to some videos made by a teacher called Mr Thorne. Each link relates to the individual sounds and blends which are taught in each phase of ‘Letters and Sounds’. If you are unsure how to help your child with phonics, we recommend looking at the videos which relate to the stage which your child is on as they provide a 2 minute guide on how to help your child learn each sound.
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