In the Foundation Stage we have been focusing on learning phonics. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read by breaking up words into small chunks of sound. It begins in Foundation 1 with listening to and hearing different sounds and letter sounds for words. As the children have started to learn individual letters in Foundation 2, they are already having fun with blending and segmenting simple words. We have been writing letters, using chalk, pens and iPads. The children have especially enjoyed using the Jolly Phonics app. In order to become successful readers, children will learn the individual sounds for each letter or group of letters. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way - starting with the easiest sounds, progressing through to the most complex - it’s the most effective way of teaching young children to read. Almost all children who benefit from the good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and read for enjoyment.
We will be holding an ‘Opendoor Phonics’ session for parents from 07:20 to 08:00 on Monday 13 November. More information will be sent to you shortly.