Here are some links to websites where you can play games to develop your child's phonic skills. At the bottom of this page, there are some documents which are always given out during our phonics workshop. Feel free to download them here if you need an extra copy!
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Phase one of phonics is all about encouraging children to practise their listening skills by 'tuning in'. We spend a lot of time at the beginning of Reception developing these skills. If children haven't developed these skills and move too quickly into looking at letters and sounds, this can cause problems with their phonics later on.
If your child has trouble hearing sounds within words, finds it tricky to tell you what the first/last sound in a word like 'cat' or 'pig' when you say it slowly or break it into each sound, try practising their phase one skills by playing these games:
Phase 2 is where children start to look at single sound within the alphabet. Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this page so you know the right way to say each sound! We look at Phase 2 throughout the Autumn and Spring of Reception. Here are some games to help your child practice their phase 2 skills:
In Phase 3, children start to look at digraphs. This is where two letters go together to make one sound. E.g.in the word ship, the letter s and the letter h go together to make the sh sound. Another example is the ar sound in start. The letter a and the letter r go together to make the ar sound. Children should be secure within Phase 3 by the end of Reception. Here are some games that help your child to practise the digraphs learnt in Phase 3:
Phase 5 is the longest phase where children start to look at ways in which the same sound is made using different letter combinations e.g. brain, acorn, play. By the time your child finishes Year 1, they should be secure in reading all and spelling many phase 5 phonics. This is where children should pay close attention to games which have real and 'made-up' words in preparation of the Phonics Screening Check. Here are some useful links: