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Pilton Infants' School

Learning For Life

Supporting your child with reading and phonics.

On this page you will find:

  • Information on the benefits of bedtime stories and a guide to reading stories.
  • Details of online support from our English lead teacher
  • An overview of what phonics is
  • A jargon buster, explaining some of the words that your child will be using in phonics and English lessons.
  • Videos on how to help at home, including how to make the sound correctly.


The benefits of bedtime stories.

 Check out the ideas below or watch the following video from  Mrs Ruddick:  5 benefits to bedtime stories-YouTube    Always supervise children when they access the internet.

A guide for parents on being a good story teller:

Practising at home.

Children need to recognise letters automatically.  A great way to do this is with flashcards. The children are sent home with their new letters in Reception. The more they look at them and say them the more automatic these letters will become.  (It's suggested that children need to read something around 100 times before it becomes 'known').  Stick a new sound on the fridge, the bathroom wall etc and say it as often as possible.  Think of words beginning with this sound.  Look around when you're out and about at shop signs etc for examples of that letter.  Practise writing the letter and saying the sound at the same time.

We don't teach the letters in the order of the alphabet. This is so the children can start to read and make whole words very quickly.  For example, we teach the following letters first: s, a, t, p, i, n  because with these 6 letters you can make lots of little words e.g. sat, pin, pat, pit, tin, sit, it, sip etc.  



What do children learn in phonics?

See the overview below for exactly what the children learn in phonics throughout Reception and Year 1.


Videos about how to support your child at home.

Follow the link to the Little Wandle website for helpful videos about how to help you child, how to make the sounds correctly and letter formation