We will be keeping this updated throughout the year so please keep checking this page. We will be posting next weeks learning on here, as well as photos and links to online resources. Please feel free to contribute to the Reception's Homepage by contacting us at the bottom of this page.
Phonics is simply the sound of which a letter or letters make. At Holy Family School we use a phonics scheme called 'Read Write Inc' that teaches the children how to read, write and spell.
We welcome parents into Class RC every Friday at 2.55pm to teach next weeks sounds using the same resources and phrases so that you are prepared to support your child at home with these new sounds.
It is recommended that you attend these sessions to ensure that you know how to pronounce these 'pure' sounds and to enhance your child's learning at home, for example when reading we sound out the letters (using our phonics) and blend them together to read the word e.g. m-u-m blended together is mum.
We also teach them to hand write with a specific phrase for each sound that we will teach on Friday's to aid letter formation at home (for example the letter 'm' we teach as 'down Maisie, mountain, mountain' as a visual aid to help them to form the letter correctly).
There are plenty of resources you can buy online to enhance your child's phonics learning at home, however there are lots of things you can do and play with at home to encourage phonics too which are free. We are beginning to compose a Phonics booklet for you which will contain lots of fun ways to to support and encourage phonics at home ...watch this space! If you have any activities that you currently do at home to support phonics, or any other area of learning, then please share it with us by contacting the Reception Team at the bottom of this page.
Pronunciation Video Guide - We hope this video will help parents at home (this video supports our Friday Phonics Session in teaching you how to make 'pure' sounds.
Phonics Blending Explained - how and why we teach it (the teacher demonstrates how 'Fred Talk' is used in school).
We are aware that many children in school have access to an iPad or similar devices that support 'apps' at home, therefore we would like to recommend some great educational apps to download.
Please note: these suggested apps are free! You may wish to download further content in the app which might come at a cost. Do contact us with any that you recommend.
With many children also having internet access on a computer or laptops at home and in local libraries, here are a few links to websites that we often use in class.
The children should be familiar with these sites as we use them during CIL on the school laptops or interactive white board. Children are often exposed to tablets which don't have any peripherals (such as a mouse and keyboard) therefore when using these sites at home your child may require some support using the mouse (dragging and clicking) or using the laptop touch pad (dragging and clicking on a laptop) or finding the letters on the keyboard (as all letters are presented as capitals yet type as lowercase). Practise on a computer will aid your child to master the use of a mouse and a keyboard as we look forward to using the ICT Suite in the coming term.
If you would like to contribute to one of the above lists (phonics activities to do at home, websites, tablet apps etc) then please contact us on here, or write it down and hand it to one of the Reception Team. Thank you.