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F3 Phonics Workshop

Phonics is the relationship between letters and the sound they make. It is the key strategy we use in school as children start their reading and writing journey.

“You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr Seuss

It was a real pleasure to welcome so many parents to Tuesday’s workshop to share what phonics is, how we teach it in class and what to expect their children to be doing over the academic year in terms of their reading and writing. We had a quick sample lesson to learn a sound, a video demonstration of how to say the single sounds and writing samples from throughout the year to show what children might be doing. Parents met Freddie the Frog who only speaks in sounds and were shown how we teach the children to blend sounds together. We looked together at letter formation through the rhymes attached to each sound, for example, ‘slither down the snake’. It is so important that we use the sounds, not letter names, when reading with children at home and to focus on lower case letters. We introduce the upper case letters as they grow in confidence and familiarity.

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Parents had a chance to explore lots of the resources we have available in class and ask lots of questions. As usual, if you do have any further questions, please do speak to your child’s class teacher or to Ms Maria. A copy of the presentation is available and you might like to have a look at some of the websites we are using in class to support your child’s learning at home.

F3 Phonics Workshop Presentation

Many of these websites have free resources that are useful in helping your child develop their phonic understanding; some require a subscription which allows access to many more wonderful resources.

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The final message coming loud and clear from the F3 team is READ, READ, READ. Children who read and explore texts regularly by themselves, or through being regularly read to, will have higher outcomes throughout their educational life than children who do not. Read signs on the way to school, read books, read the book again and again, make time for bedtime stories, or tea time stories or breakfast stories, read fairy tales, borrow library books. We wish you joy on your reading adventure with your child.

Maria Shooter, F3 Year Leader