A message from Miss Alderson and Miss Harrison:
Hooray - we have finally managed to get all of the actions for each sound onto a PowerPoint presentation! Unfortunately, due to the size of the file, we are unable to upload them to the website; however, due to the new Year 1 email, we are pleased to say that we can send them via OneDrive (essentially, a way to send large resources that are too large to attach to the email). If you would like to receive a copy of the PowerPoints, please drop us an email on email@example.com and we'll get them sent onto you! Thank you for your patience during this time - I know it has been a long time coming.
Phonics Play is a well-known teaching resource that is commonly used in most, if not all, Year 1 classrooms up and down the country.
In light of the current climate, Phonics Play have made their resources free and accessible to all parents, carers and educators.
To access these resources, the username is march20 and the password is home.
As part of the Phonics Play resources, they have created Comic style books which are all completely decodable. These kinds of texts will allow your child to practise the phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs that they know at a level which is appropriate for them.
In considering which level is most appropriate for your child, please feel free to take a look to which level of reading book they're on. If your child is reading at phase 4, we would advise reading phase 3 and 4 comics to ensure that he/she is being successful.
If you are finding that your child is fluently reading the comics that are the same level as their reading book, don't be afraid to hop up to the next level; however, please beware that your child may stumble over a few more words and may require support to decode.
Here are some phonics activity mats which have a collection of different questions on them. Each mat has a similar theme, including the style of question, but each mat has a different focus. The phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs included in the questions range from phase 2 to phase 5.
Please note - the first six pages are the questions and the latter six pages are the answers.
These are the sound mats that the children will need to go over as often as possible. Can your child recall each sound? Can they recall each sound when it is mixed up? Often, our children have excellent memories and will just remember the order!
After what seems like a mammoth delay, please find a PowerPoint showing a replica of what we use during our 'Revisit' section of every single phonics letter. Due to the size of the file, each phase has its own PowerPoint. At present, each PowerPoint has the grapheme (the letter) and the picture associated with it. In the coming days, the PowerPoint will be re-added with the actions on too - these are also taking a little longer to download and add.
Please note that some of our actions reflect Jolly Phonics and others are created by adults and children in school.
These documents have lots of words that your child is able to practise reading real and nonsense words. Please remember to encourage your child to 'sound' each word out and then blend together, even if your child is confident. Sometimes, the trickier digraphs (especially the split digraphs) can be difficult to spot so by segmenting each sound, it can't be missed.
Below are some activity booklets which focus on each phase. To know which phase would be most suitable, we would recommend that you look at which level your child's reading book is. If you are unsure what level your child is on, take a look at the front inside cover where there should be a marker against which level your child is on. If you can't access this for whatever reason, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with FAO: your class teacher's name to identify it for you.
As with anything, we would like your child to achieve so if you notice that the activities are too easy or too difficult, please feel free to adjust which phase they are on accordingly (phase 2 being the easiest and phase 5 being the hardest).
Please note - within the phase 2, 3 and 4 booklet, the answers are at the 'back' of the booklet.