Phonics We are on phase 3 of letters and sounds phonics. There is a song for each sound that we learn which you can watch on youtube, which you can watch by following the link on the website.
There are lots of interactive games and activities on phonicsplay.co.uk. I have put the link on here. Username: march20 Password: home. We have completed phase 2 phonics and are half way through phase 3 so your children should be able to play the games for these phases.
Recap phase 3 sound 'sh'
Recap that sometimes when we put 's' and 'h' together it makes an 'sh' sound. Remind them that a 'sh' sound can be at the beginning or the end of a word. Practise sounding out these words. Ask your child to write the words down and to read them back.
ship, shop, shut, shock, push, fish, wish, wash.
Writing Children should continue to practise writing their own names independently (first name and surname). They can also practise writing the alphabet with cursive writing - I have attached the cursive alphabet sheet.
Most children have begun to write simple sentences. There are 3 rules children need to remember – they should start the sentence with a capital letter; they should use finger spaces in between words; they should end the sentence with a full stop.
Ask your child to write the sentence 'I go to the shop' and 'I see a big fish’ and see if they can draw a picture to match the sentence. Ask if they can write other places they go or things they can see starting with 'I go to....' or I see a.....' Spellings do not have to be correct, they should use the knowledge they have to form words that are phonetically plausible at this stage.
I have attached the list of high frequency words in phase 3. There are some words that are decodable and some that are tricky. Your child could practise writing and spelling a few each day.
It is very important that you read stories to your child and encourage their engagement in stories, and I know lots of you do this already and enjoy doing so. Here are just a few tips for when reading to them to check their understanding: Ask your child questions along the way ‘why do you think he did that?’ or ‘what do you think will happen next?’ Can they anticipate the ending of a story? Could they think of another ending? Did they enjoy the story? If they did, why? If not, why not? Etc.
Children can engage with the story further by acting out the story, or they could draw characters from the story, or make a mask so they can be one of the characters. They may even be able to make up their own story!
Mrs Stott is reading a story every Friday which will be on the school Facebook page and website and is highly recommended!