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Phonics with the parents

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By Judy NoyPrimary Consultant: English, with Worcestershire CLLD Consultant

and Jasen BootonYear 2 teacher

The time when parents helped their children with spelling tests is over. It’s all about embracing blending and segmenting now

Judy Noy

Many parents are keen to help their children learn their spellings. However, with the current synthetic approach to phonics teaching, spelling tests are disappearing, except for high frequency words with ‘tricky bits’.

Early in Reception most children are introduced to letter groups, usually using programmes such as Jolly Phonics, which supports Letters and Sounds (see pages 18-20 for a comprehensive breakdown). Parents therefore receive graphemes from school, rather than words to learn, and are encouraged to help their children to blend and segment using these letters.

Children playing a phonics game

Parents are often unfamilar with the different methods to teach reading

Most parents are often bewildered by the current terminology used in phonics teaching: graphemes, phonemes, blending, segmenting, split digraphs and adjacent consonants! So it is essential to provide some high quality workshops for them, so that they can understand both the principles behind phonics teaching and also the terminology used.

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