What is Phonics?
A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a word.
A grapheme is the letter or letters representing a phoneme.
A digraph is two letters that make one sound.
A trigraph is three letters that make one sound.
A split digraph is when the two letters making the sound are not adjacent.
Blending is recognising the letter sounds in a written word and merging them in order in which they are written to pronounce
Segmenting is identifying the individual sounds in a spoken word and writing down letters for each sound to form the word
Home Reading Books
Children will be sent home with reading books which have been carefully matched to the phonics phase your child is on to help them practice letters learnt in class.
What is the phonics screening check?
Phonics Bug Active Learn
Each child in Reception to Year 2 have access to an online account for Phonics Bug Active Learn. Each child has a personalised homepage where they'll find the eBooks they've been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. The online reading world ensures children can access independent reading resources anywhere at any time.
Your child's class teacher will give your child a log in at the beginning of the academic year. You can log in on the following link - https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?e=-1&c=0
Supporting your child at home
There are a number of things that parents can do to support phonics and early reading development:
Games and online resources
There are many phonic games for children to access on the computer (lead to an external side to which we have no control of content):