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What is phonics? 

Helping with phonics at home 


There are many ways that you can help to support your child to develop their phonic skills. Remember when working with your child, try to find a quiet place free from distractions and also choose a time when they are not too tired.

To develop early phonemic awareness, it is important to focus on sound discrimination activities, so why not try some of these ideas below.  

  • Go outside and listen for sounds. Ask questions like: What can you hear? What is making that sound? Can you make a sound like that too?
  • Sing songs such as nursery rhymes.
  • Have fun with words by finding words that rhyme.
  • Make your own musical instruments.
  • Explore clapping and tapping rhythms. Can they copy a rhythm you have clapped? Can they create a rhythm for you to copy?

Once your child has started to learn sounds, you can progress onto these activities.

  • Say the sounds together. Remember to say the pure sound. For example, the sound /p/ is not /puh/. Click the link below to see how to model and pronounce the sounds correctly. 

  • Support your child to develop their blending skills both orally and when reading a word. Click the link below to see how you can support with this. 

  • Your child’s teacher will update you regularly about your child’s progress. They may also give you additional resources to help support your child in their next step of learning if necessary.
  • Finally…read…read…read! Read with your child at every opportunity and remember you can practise phonics anywhere and everywhere!