English

 


 

Phonics

 


 

At Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School we base our teaching of phonics on the Song of Sounds scheme. When learning to read children need to know;

 

  • the sounds represented by letter
  • how to blend these sounds together to make words

 

When helping your child to read it is important to use short or pure sounds. Please watch this clip for a demonstration.

 

Click here for a video demonstration

 

The children are taught in three stages;

Stage 1  -  This is when phonemes (single letter sounds), diagraphs (when two letters make a sound) and triagraphs (when three letters make a sound) are taught.

 

Stage 2  -  At this point the children are introduced to alternative ways of representing sounds.

(eg    ai, ay, a e, eigh   all make the same sound)

 

Stage 3  -  The focus at this stage is on rules for spellings such as adding prefixes and suffixes and the use of apostrophes of contraction.

 

At every stage children are also introduced to “tricky” words. This means words which cannot be sounded out using phonics. (eg  the, one, many).

 


 

 Reading

 


 

Guided Reading is the main opportunity in class for teaching reading skills. Please read with and to your child every day. We encourage you to re-read books and think about the text or story to aid comprehension. There will be ideas and ways for you to support reading comprehension in the Reading Response Book. Please encourage your child to make a comment, draw a picture about what they have read

Reading Response Books

Information about Book Band Levels can be found below

Pink

Red

Yellow

Blue

Green

Orange

Turquoise

Purple

Gold

White

Lime

Olive/Brown

Grey

 

Information Leaflets

Reading at Home

Hearing Your Child Read

Parents Supporting Reading

 


 

 

Spelling

 


 

We encourage the children to use their knowledge of phonics when sounding out words that they want to write. 

 

Resources to Support Phonetic Spelling

Speed Sounds Chart

 

Resources to Support Spelling of Tricky Words When Phonics Doesn't Work

High Frequency Word Chart

 

Resources Used in Our Phonics Sessions

Speed Sounds Chart


 

 Handwriting

 


Children need to be able to say a sentence before they write so please do lots of talking and sharing stories with you child. Please let the children see you writing and ask them to help eg shopping lists.In school the children will have lots of opportunities to talk about their ideas before recording them. We encourage the children to express themselves verbally as this helps structure their ideas. We use many forms of recording, not only paper and pens! We have a new handwriting policy with a standardised font please can you support your child at home in forming their letters in this way.

In Year 2 the children practise their writing skills across the curriculum and continue to use alternative methods of recording as appropriate to the child and task. The children are taught the skills of the different styles of writing during the year. We always  make sure that the writing has a purpose and that success criteria are in place to support this process.

Click below to access Handwriting and Information Sheets

 

Handwriting Sheet

Writing at Home