Phonics and Reading
At St. Joseph’s we support and encourage all of our children to love reading from the day they join us. A love of reading is such a gift in life and you, as their parents/carers, have an extremely important role to play in supporting your children as their reading develops. Their love and appreciation of books is key to this development and it is important that you read with/to your children on a daily basis and that this time is relaxed and enjoyable for you both.
Please select books you will enjoy exploring together and simply begin by modelling how to handle books with care and respect. In the initial stages (before your child is blending sounds to read words and recognising a substantial number of ‘on sight’ words) simply encouraging them to point to the words as you read, turn the pages and most importantly of all, discuss and enjoy the story, is a wonderful start!
Letters and Sounds
In Reception at St. Joseph’s, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Children are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds together for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their main approach to reading, but are also taught a number of ‘tricky’ words which do not completely follow the phonic rules they’ve been taught to date.
As we introduce each letter to the children, we will share with them the letter name, the sound it (usually) makes and how to form it when writing. We then send home a consolidation sheet which can be kept in your child’s ‘home folder’. Over the course of the year, you will build up a bank of resources. Initially we introduce one phoneme per day but there will be breaks for consolidation/opportunities to introduce and utilise tricky words/phonemes in sentences.