to Foundation Stage 1
Mr Dougherty, Miss McLaughlin, Miss Simpson & Nic
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I believe that the early systematic teaching of phonics in F1 allows for children to make outstanding progress in reading and writing later on in school. It provides a platform for them to develop their knowledge of sounds, thus providing a conduit into the world of reading.
During our first half term we introduced the teaching of Phase 1 Phonics in our F1 class. In Phase 1 there are seven aspects to work on, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting. If you are not sure what any of these things are – or what they will look like in class – please ask Mr Dougherty or Miss McLaughlin.
We use the Letters and Sounds document to support our planning and teaching. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007, which aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
After Christmas, we introduced the teaching of Phase 2 phonics for some of our children in F1. In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap, from a selection of letters.
During the last week of our first half term, we had lots of fun learning about Halloween! We carved pumpkins for our class - take a look at our pictures!
During our second half term our learning will be focused on 'Celebrations'. We have already learnt about Bonfire night and Diwali, and now we are moving on to learn about Christmas. We have made lots of fantastic pieces of work, which are displayed around the classroom, so please take a look around next time you are in.
We will be making lots of fantastic Christmas work this half term - so please keep your eye out! We will be decorating our classroom ready for Christmas by the 30th November; if you have any ideas for us, please share them with Mr Dougherty or Miss McLaughlin.
During our last week of term, the new children due to start in F1 next term were invited into class for a Christmas Craft "Stay and Play" session with their parents. It was a huge success and we had lots of fun being creative! Take a look at the pictures to see.