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Week 5 - 28th September 2020

This week we have continued our work on 'subitising' (recognising quantities without counting.) The children have played a game called 'make my number' where we have rolled a dice and then the y have made the number shown on the dice using bottle tops. The children have also had a go at sticking bottle tops onto a piece of paper to record an amount.

Phonics Packs


In Reception we have just started to learn the first few Phase 2 sounds. Each week we will be learning new sounds and sending home the corresponding cards and word lists, so that you can practice them at home with your child. Below are some suggestions on how you can use these cards with your child to develop their reading and spelling. If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to ask! 


How to use the phonics cards


1. Identifying letters by the sound they make

First of all the children need to recognise each letter by the sound they make. Although we are also learning letter names it is more important at this stage that the children know the sounds the letters makes. To help your child learn this you could: 

  • Hold up cards one at a time and ask your child to say the sound they make. 

  • Place the cards face down. Ask your child to turn them over one at a time, get them to say the sound as they turn them over. 

  • Lay the letter cards out. Say one of the sounds and ask your child to find the sound you are saying. 


2. Matching the letter/sound to objects beginning with that sound. 

To help your child to be able to hear the initial sounds in words you can:

  • Find things around your home that start with the same sound. E.g Match the letter card 't' to a tomato, teapot, toothbrush, towel etc. You could play a game of finding things.

  • When you are out and about, can you find anything else which starts with the same sound? You could make a list of these things or draw pictures of them.


3. Be a ‘Phoneme/Grapheme Spotter’ 

It is really important that the children are able to identify the letters and sounds they are learning in their environment and in print in other places. 

  • You could look for letters when you are out, e.g. shopping looking at signs and labels. 

  • You could look for the letters in books you have at home or in words you see around the house e.g. on food packaging or in magazines. 


3. Reading words 

When your child is getting confident recognising the letters you can begin to practice reading some simple words. Place the cards down to make each word. Say each letter sound individually and 'blend' the sounds together to read the word. e.g.  tap  't'   'a'   'p' ...... 'tap' 


4. Spelling words

Again when your child is feeling more confident they can begin to spell simple words using the sounds they have learnt. In the beginning they might need some help to break down (segment) the sounds in the words. 

  • Say the word you want your child to spell. Get them to build the word using the letter cards. - you may need to elongate or exaggerate the sounds in the word to begin with to help them hear the sounds. Read back the word you have spelt together to check you got it right. 

  • Once they are confident using the letter cards to build words, you could try writing them!

Next Week...

We will be reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. We will continue to practise writing our name and we will be using the phonics sounds we have learned to have a go at writing simple words. In maths we will continue our work on subitising, recognising when patterns have different values, using the words 'more', 'less' and 'the same'.