In the last week of the Jingle Jangle Jungle topic within Phase 2 we gave you guidance on how to assess your child's stage of learning within phonics. This will have helped you to identify any gaps in your child's learning, and whether or not they are ready to move on to the next phase. By clicking on this page today you've assessed that your child is needing more support within phase 2. Don't worry about the fact that you feel your child is not ready to move, just see it as a diagnostic tool for where you can best support your child's learning in phonics.
As we would always do on return to school after the summer holidays for example, please be aware that when school re-opens your child's teacher will carry out a more detailed phonics assessment and the outcome of that assessment will be the one in which we have to follow and teach. Please do not worry if your child's phonic level/phase is adjusted on return to school. This could be that they need to be in the next phase or recap on elements of a previous phase, but every decision will be in the very best interests of your child.
We're sticking with Phase 2...now what?
Having completed your assessments you should have now established the areas which your child needs to work on. These are what you will be focusing on for the next few weeks until you feel that this gap has been closed.
Follow the same format that you have been using to date...
- Flashcards of all the sounds learnt to date.
- You can play a game such as 'quickwrite letters' where they have 30 seconds and you call out each sound and they have to write the letter helping them to link the sound to the letter.
- Recap all high frequency words learnt to date using HFW flashcards, then choose whichever ones within 'the, to, I, no, go' that they need to revisit and spend some time working on this.
- Introduce/teach a focus sound you have identified needs developing (only introduce one sound a day). You can use the videos at home from bitesize or alphablocks to make this more engaging if you would like. We always use phoneme frames to practise writing words using the sound for the day.
- Practise using the sound with the activities we have provided for you each week for you (you will need to look back through the different weeks provided to date to find the resources for the sounds you are concentrating on) and different online activities which focus on the sound for the day. Websites such as Twinkl are brilliant for providing a range of resources for phonics which are different to those we have already given you if you would like to access these also.
- Apply time...sentence writing and/or reading. Ideally a three to four word sentence. These sentences are using high frequency words, cvc words, and words that include the sound of the day. For example - 'The dog is hot'.
You may feel that your child needs more time in Phase 2, or that there are just a couple of things to address. When you feel that you may be ready to move on then go back to Week Seven and follow the assessment guidance. Having completed the full phase 2 scheme please do not feel as though you have to start from the beginning again, you are free to re-assess when you feel it is appropriate.
We hope you continue to enjoy doing phonics - it does take a while to find your routine but we are sure you are doing a great job!