Phonics reading should be taught in a systematic way, focusing on a set number of Sound Blocks each week. You should also refresh your child’s knowledge of the 44 Sound Blocks letter and letter combinations through a variety of games and activities, so that they don’t forget what they have already learnt.
Our recommendation for a typical weeks teaching is set out below. The sessions should last between 15 and 20 minutes.
Phonics Reading Week
We would recommend teaching in the following order:
Short vowel and a range of suitable consonant sounds
Long vowel and the remaining consonant sounds
Letters making more than one sound
Phonics Reading - Sound Block Teaching Order
Phonics Reading - Teaching Tips
Make sure your word lists only use letter and letter combinations for that week’s Sound Blocks
Build on your child’s single word reading skills by creating a list of words which only have one or two letters altered at a time, reinforcing how the sounds change in words as letters are substituted, reordered and omitted
All the words in the reading sentences should only include phonemes taught in that and previous weeks
Don’t worry that your initial sentences are very simple; it is amazing how quickly they can become more interesting.
Comprehension questions should help your child learn that reading is more than just a decoding exercise, it is about extracting meaning from the sentences read
Your questions should also cover punctuation, grammar, the meaning of words and what a sentence might imply (inference)
Each week your lessons need to build on the previous and should use some consonant and vowel sounds again with new ones, helping your child build on previous knowledge and store it in their long term memory
If you choose to buy our Phonics ReadingTeaching Manual you will be provided with all the resources needed, including word lists, reading sentences and comprehension questions, together with 3 levels of comprehensive scripted lesson plans, that have been designed to engage with your child and are presented in an easy to use format.