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Phonics

Welcome to our phonics page! We hope enjoy taking a look and trying some games.

What is phonics?
Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read and spell words. English only has around 44 phonemes but there around 120 graphemes (ways of writing those phonemes down). We only have 26 letters in the alphabet so some graphemes are made up from more than one letter. A two letter grapheme, for example /ai/ in rain, is called a digraph and a three letter grapheme, for example /igh/ in tight, is called a trigraph

Game of the month:   
http://www.ictgames.com/djCow/index.html
DJ Cows Spelling Patterns

Phonic word search- Choose the spelling pattern or sound you wish to practise then try to find the words. Click on the first then last letter of the word (they all go horizontally or vertically!)  When you find all the words  DJ Cow will dance!

Games and apps
Click any of the pictures below to play the games or find out more about the apps.

http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

Teach Your Monster To Read is a fantastic game with lots of levels to play on a computer. There's also an app!

https://www.fonics.co.uk/

Fonics is a brilliant app for children to play fun phonics games on a phone or tablet!



http://mrthorne.com/home/phonics/geraldine-the-giraffe/
Geraldine the Giraffe!

We love using Geraldine to help teach us new phonemes, tricky words and spelling patterns! You can watch her videos by clicking the picture.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks
Alphablocks
 is a BBC program aimed at nursery and reception children. Children love learning phonics with the Alphablocks in school. The website is packed with videos, games and advice! 
 




http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaurEggs_phonics/index.html
Dinosaur eggs-
 Choose the sound that you want to practise. Listen carefully to the word, then check the dinosaurs eggs to find the correct word. Sound out the words carefully to help you crack the correct egg!


Obb and Bob-                            
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

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Top tips for reading at home

The video below shows how to pronounce all 44 phonemes correctly. When segmenting words for reading it is important to keep the sounds short and say them quickly, to help bend the word together more easily. 

Younger readers- 3-7 years:
  • Reading together even just 5-10 minutes before bedtime or another quiet time really does help hook them in
  • Book talk- Discuss the pictures, title, author, beginning, middle and end. Is it similar to another story? Most of the books your child bring home will have helpful prompts inside the covers!
Older readers- 7-11 years:
Coming soon!