Reading and Phonics
Welcome to Cuddington Croft’s Phonics Page! At Cuddington Croft, we aim to provide children with the skill they need to read fluently, accurately and confidently whilst also developing their understanding and interpretations of texts to support the curriculum.
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. In phonics, children are taught how to:
Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make, for example, /sh/ or /oo/.
To blend these sounds together to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
How is phonics taught at Cuddington Croft Primary School?
At Cuddington Croft, this year we are starting a new phonics scheme across Nursery to Year 2 called Read Write Inc. We are very excited to begin our new phonics learning journey, as this scheme has been proven to have a fantastic impact on the children's reading and writing skills.
The children will be assessed at several points throughout the year and then grouped into similar ability levels. This will ensure their phonics sessions are tailored to meet their individual needs.
The children will be bringing books home to share with you, that are matched to their current phonic knowledge and contain the sounds they have been learning that week.
There will be further information about this later this term.
Phonics Screening Check
Across England, all Year 1 children take part in the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term. In this screening, the children are expected to read 40 decodable words including some nonsense words. The check is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.
How can you help your child at home?
1. Reading every night at home with your child
Every week each child will be sent home a phonics decodable book at their reading level. Read these with your child and ask them questions about the story.
2. Practise reading and writing tricky words
If children know these they are more likely to gain speed and fluency in their reading. See the Sound Mats below (under page downloads).
3. Practising your children’s handwriting
It is important children are forming their letters the correct way round.
4. Phonics games and websites. See the links below.
Mr Thorne Does Phonics - an excellent range of videos that children love to use to learn their phonics
CBeebies Alphablocks - Great episodes to help engage children with early reading