What are Phonics?
Phonics is the word used to describe the sounds the letters make. In simple terms, the word 'cat' can be read from its three sounds: c-a-t.
These are not the names of the letters as we say them in the alphabet, but the sounds these letters make.
Likewise, the word 'thick' is made up of three sounds: th-i-ck, where pairs of letters combine to make a single sound. Similarly, 'rash' is made up of three sounds: r-a-sh.
At school we use a phonics scheme called 'Read Write Inc'. This is a synthetic phonics programme created by Ruth Miskin.
Each week we will teach your child how to read, say and write a phonemene (a sound) and we will use these sounds to begin to read and write words.
Your child will bring home a sheet with the sound we have learnt on it. This is so that you can help them to practise reading and writing the sound at home. We are really pleased with the scheme and it is fantastic to see how quickly the children become readers and independnet writers.
Ruth Miskin has produced a video clip for parents, explaining how you can support your child with their learning. Please click on the following link at the bottom of the page.
There is also a Read Write Inc website, which contains lots of information about the scheme. This can be found at the link below.
If you have any questions about this then please come in and see us.