We love Phonics in Reception!

Mr Doyle


Both Reception classes have really been concentrating on their phonic sounds this term.

Each day we practise our phonics, learning new sounds and consolidating our previous sounds. We have been working on recognising the sounds that each individual letters makes and the children have worked really hard at this. In fact, because the classes have progressed quickly, we will now be learning how to identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make, such as sh and th.

Amelia loves the phonics games and is doing really well with blending her sounds.

We play bingo. We had to guess the word, we had to read it and then we picked the picture. I like playing it because its fun. – Amelia

The children have been practising how to segment words for spelling and blending sounds for reading. This week the children have been concentrating on CVC words and ff, ll, ss at the end of words. They love playing the phonic games of matching words to pictures, using their phonics fans with their learning partners to help each other learn.

My favourite is the dragon one. You have to sound out the words and then put the words in the dragon. – Maisie

They also work out the missing letters of CVC words on magnetic writing frames and practising their hand writing together as a class on long sheets of paper, blending sounds to read and decipher whether words are real or nonsense words on the computer.

My favourite games the pirate game. You have to put the word in the bin or the treasure chest. – Alex

We do some writing on the paper, plain big paper with everyone. It is fun. – Lylie

Felix is a big fan and enjoys playing the bingo game.

Bingo, you have to sound out the words and put it on your board. I like playing that. – Felix

The following are many of the Key Learning Areas we would be looking to identify during these activities:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Making Relationships – working with learning partners, initiates conversations and takes account of what others say, asks appropriate questions of others.
  • Self Confidence and Awareness
    • Having a turn blending sounds and using the whiteboard in front of the class, confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.
    • Managing feelings and behaviour – turn taking, being aware of the boundaries set and of behavioural expectations in the setting.
  • Communication and Language
    • Listening and attention – maintains concentration and sits quietly during age appropriate activity.
  • Understanding
    • Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others.
  • Speaking
    • Extends vocabulary by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words, uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.
  • Physical Development
    • Moving and handling – begins to form recognisable letters, uses a pencil and holds it effectively.
  • Literacy Reading
    • Hears and says sounds in words, can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and know which letters represent some of them, links sounds to letters, and is able to read simple words.
  • Writing
    • Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, breaks the flow of speech up into words and breaks the words into sounds.
  • Understanding the World
    • Technology – Understands that information can be retrieved from computers, knows how to complete a program on a computer and uses ICT hardware to interact with age appropriate computer software.

We play what’s in the box, you have to put your hand in and find the word that matches the picture. – Sienna

If you don’t know what the word is you have to sound it out with your robot arms. – Alfie

We always do our actions for our sounds at the beginning. – Harry

Sammy Snake is my favourite for S. – Charlie