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Phonics

Throughout Nursery children have been exploring sounds and words, joining in with songs and rhymes and sharing lots of stories.

Some children can hear the different sounds in words eg. saying,   "cat starts with c",    "b-b-b-ball", 

"my name is Mmmmm Mohamed ".

 

We are now going to begin to introduce children to the scheme we use to teach phonics in school  - hearing and saying the sounds letters make in words. The scheme is called 'Read, Write Inc'.

 

The clips below are information for parents about 'Read, Write Inc.' : 

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

Parent video: How to say the sounds

'Read, Write Inc.' uses a small toy frog called Fred to help children practice blending sounds together. Show your child the photograph of Fred below:

Explain to your child that Fred can only speak in sounds so he needs children to say the word for him.

We have already been using 'Fred Talk' to blend the sounds.

Fred (you) says, "let's run for the b-u-s!"

Children then repeat the sounds, "b-u-s" and then say the word 'bus'.

Fred (you) says, "I can see a c-a-t!"

Children then repeat the sounds, "c-a-t" and then say the word 'cat'.

Fred (you) says, "Today is a sunny day. It is h-o-t."

Children then repeat the sounds, "h-o-t" and then say the word 'hot'.

Fred (you) says, "I put the food in the p-a-n."

Children then repeat the sounds, "p-a-n" and then say the word 'pan'.

 

This is called 'Fred Talk / Say the word'.

We will be using names of pets to blend sounds to say the word, this week.

Tell your child that you are going to break up/ segment a word for them to spell/ blend the sounds together quickly to say the word, eg.

c---a---t,          c---a---t,        c--a--t,        c--a--t,       c-a-t,        cat

 

d---o---g,        d---o---g,      d---o---g,        d--o--g,      d-o-g,        dog

 

m---ou---s,         m---ou---s,      m--ou--s,      m-ou-s,       mouse

     

(Note- I have spelt mouse without the 'e' as you would say it).

Improving Listening Skills (following instructions), Descriptive Language and Pencil Control

Children will be following verbal instructions to draw a pet using felt tip pens.

  • All pet shapes will begin in the same way with a round head shape and round body shape attached next to the head.
  • Next, children will add details particular to the specific pet
  1. a cat will have pointed ears, whiskers and a long, wiggly tail
  2. a dog will have 4 legs, floppy ears, big round nose and a short tail
  3. a mouse will be small, have 4 feet, whiskers and a long tail
  4. a fish will have fins and a tail 
  5. a rabbit will have 2 big ears, whiskers and a small, round, fluffy tail
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