Reception Current Learning

Term 3 – Superheroes!

Sounds taught so far…

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r b f h j l v w x y z ll ff ss

Week beginning 11th January 2020

ch sh th

How do we write the letter ‘k’? In order not to confuse the children when they start pre-cursive writing in Year 1, we have decided to use the following ‘k’. We still use exactly the same rhyme. This was the children’s first attempt and they did a fantastic job!

These are the key words we will be teaching your child to read over the next few weeks.

is it in at

and the on to

no go I he she

Now your child is in school full time we will be starting to teach your child phonics. 

The following phonics guidance will help you to work with your child at home with their phonics development.  Please also check the Home Learning page on our website for website links that will also help.

Before your son/ daughter can start to read, s/he needs to learn to:

Say the sound that is represented by each letter or groups of letters. These are called ‘Speed sounds’.

How to blend the sounds together in a word to read it.

e.g. c-a-t  cat. This is called ‘sound-blending’.

To begin with we learn a sound a day. We use pure sounds so that your son/daughter will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

Letter-sound pictures are used to help your son/daughter learn these sounds quickly.

e.g. mmaisie mmmountain is morphed into m t-t-t-tower is morphed into t

Once they have learnt the first 5 sounds we teach them to blend them.  E.g. s-i-t, p-i-n.

We often say “This is a ‘t’(letter name) but the sound it makes is…”

These first sounds should all be stretched slightly. Try to avoid saying uh after each one. E.g. /mm/ not muh, /ss/ not suh, /ff/ not fuh.

m – mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard)

s – sssssnake (keep teeth together and hiss – unvoiced)

n – nnnnnnet (keep tongue behind teeth)

f – ffffflower (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out sharply – unvoiced)

l – llllleg (keep pointed curled tongue behind teeth).

r – rrrrrrobot (say rrr as if you are growling)

v – vvvvvvulture (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out gently)

z – zzzzzzig zzzzzag (keep teeth together and make a buzzing sound)

th – thhhhank you ( stick out tongue and breathe out sharply)

sh – shhhh (make a shhh noise as though you are telling somebody to be quiet!)

ng – thinnnnngg on a strinnnngg (curl your tongue at the back of your throat)

nk – I think I stink (make a piggy oink noise without the oi! nk nk nk)

These next sounds cannot be stretched. Make the sound as short as possible avoiding uh at the end of the sound:

t – (tick tongue behind the teeth – unvoiced)

p – (make distinctive p with lips – unvoiced)

k – (make sharp click at back of throat)

c – as above

h – (say h as you breathe sharply out – unvoiced)

ch – (make a short sneezing sound)

x – (say a sharp c and add s – unvoiced)

You will find it harder to avoid saying uh at the end of these sounds.

d – (tap tongue behind the teeth)

g – (make soft sound in throat)

b – (make a short, strong b with lips)

j – (push lips forward)

y – (keep edges of tongue against teeth)

w – (keep lips tightly pursed)

qu – (keep lips pursed as you say cw – unvoiced)

The short vowels should be kept short and sharp:

a: a-a-a (open mouth wide as if to take a bite of an apple)

e: e-e-e (release mouth slightly from a position)

i: i-i-i (make a sharp sound at the back of the throat – smile)

o: o–o-o (push out lips; make the mouth into o shape)

u: u-u-u (make a sound in the throat)

Here is a fantastic video from Oxford Owl explain pure sounds.

Pure Sounds