We hope that you are enjoying your phonics at home and like the phonics activities we have been sharing with you each week.
Don't forget to do flashcards of all the sounds your child has learnt so far as well as the High Frequency Words. These sounds and words are quickly forgotten and we recommend that you practise these daily to help embed them.
Phoneme frames is also a daily activity we do in school using all the letter sounds we have covered to date. You can use the words from your blending and segmenting sets each week to get you started. Just take a whiteboard and drywipe pen, or paper and pencil, split it into three boxes and away you go! Your child will be used to doing these in school and should be able to show you how to do it.
A sentence a day keeps learning in play! Trying to write a short sentence each day is also a great way to keep your phonics ticking over and keeping learning fresh. It is surprising how quickly children can weaken or lose a skill they have been learning if it isn't regularly revisited. This quick five minute activity will help build upon what your child has learnt.
Colour by phoneme - Tropical Butterfly
This activity helps make learning phonics more discrete. It aims to familiarise the children's recognition of the different letter sounds which are the focus for this week. Your child may recognise these sounds already having already covered Phase 2 in Reception which allows for this to be an independent activity. As an added bonus it also helps promote pencil control and fine motor skills to keep within the lines. If you wanted to build upon this then you could do some handwriting practise for these letters afterwards.
Ck, e, u, r Sound sorting game - Powerpoint document
All children have now been given their hwb log-in details. If you log in to hwb you will gain access to the use of Microsoft Powerpoint software in which you can then open this document. Set the document to 'Slide Show' and then select 'From Beginning' and the interactive game will begin. We hope they enjoy sorting the sounds of the week!
Phase 2 Captions and pictures
This is an activity designed to develop your child's sentence reading. They are short captions in phase 2 developed around high frequency words and cvc words. The children have to read the captions and then match to the correct picture. This is a great activity for developing reading skills and children love the problem solving of matching to the right picture afterwards! Tomorrow then have a go at the next activity below...
Phase 2 Writing captions for pictures writing frames
Now having completed 'captions and pictures', it's your child's turn to apply their phonic knowledge to short sentence writing. In Phase 2 the children need to be able to write CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) such as dog and cat independently. This activity will encourage children to write a short sentence by themselves. If they find any part of this our advice would be to spend time working on these skills so that they can eventually do this without your support. For ideas of what they could write for this activity... you could dictate the sentences from yesterday's activity above (Phase 2 Captions and pictures).
Week 4 - Last week we touched upon making things as hands-on and creative as possible. It takes a lot of thought and time initially to get into this. Some things work well, and other activities can be complete disasters. Some lessons will be brilliant and you will feel motivated and inspired to look for new ideas, and some will leave you feeling deflated and frustrated but don't stress - we do understand and you are not alone! Many parents across the nation are feeling the same right now. Home schooling isn't easy and it takes time to find a routine and method that works for your household. Whatever is happening in your home - don't give up! Keep using the links on our home learning page, follow groups on fb and instagram if you use social media (suggestions also on our home learning page of some good pages to get you started), take a look at other sites like pinterest for new ideas and eventually you will find your groove! Keep going - you've got this!
P.S. Don't forget that it is alright to combine hands-on learning with online learning too! Keep using the free access sites such as Twinkl, Help Your Monster To Read and Oxford Owl to download more activities, games and interactive resources.