Phonics & Early Reading at St Joseph’s

For more information about how we teach phonics at St Joseph’s, please visit our ‘Curriculum Information’ page.

Phonics and Early Reading Support for Parents

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.

These three videos show you how to pronounce the sounds.

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

https://youtu.be/-ZtjFIvA_fs

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

https://youtu.be/qDu3JAjf-U0

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

https://youtu.be/DvOuc7cWXxc

How we teach Phonics

These videos show how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.

Phonics Screening Check and Alien Words

https://youtu.be/VtoJZMVgy1I

Teaching Tricky Words

https://youtu.be/NTC0PbtmeUA

How we teach blending

https://youtu.be/IL5YUCPyC5I

Books coming home

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!