Reading, Phonics and Writing skills at home

At Blessed Dominic we believe that good reading and writing skills are vital in helping each and every pupil to fulfil their full potential. Being able to read and write successfully unlocks all subjects within the wider curriculum and gives children the chance to become independent learners in their chosen areas of study.

We want to enable our young people to embrace their full potential and aspirations by helping them to communicate successfully through the spoken language, reading and writing skills. Whether it be a future job interview; a theatrical hobby or just communicating with friends, at Blessed Dominic we want each child to be a successful communicator.

This page shall be updated to offer parents and carers help and advice for supporting your child with reading and writing activities at home. There are lots of resources online to help you and the school has subscribed to many different website to offer help for your child with their reading skills. Please use these as your first resource as the progress on these can be monitored by your child’s teacher.

Resource

Skills and features

How children access their login

https://readingeggs.co.uk/

After logging in, choose the ‘My lessons’ feature for the phonics lessons. The first activity will be a placement test. This needs to be completed independently by your child so the website can identify the level your child is working at and tailors lessons to this.

Reading and spelling- Phonics and elibrary access to home reading books and comprehension tasks

Reading eggs has phonics practise for children to hear each sound, blend words together and identify the sound in spelling.

 

 

Independently accessed/completed

Teachers can set tasks through this which must be completed before access is opened to other activities.

Teachers can monitor progress and see time spent on each activity.

Teachers will give out log ins- check your child’s planner.

https://readingeggs.co.uk/

After logging in, choose the ‘My lessons’ feature for the phonics lessons. The first activity will be a placement test. This needs to be completed independently by your child so the website can identify the level your child is working at and tailors lessons to this.

 

Reading- Comprehension, grammar and spelling.

elibrary access to home reading books and comprehension tasks

Reading Eggpress has online books for comprehension. Each book has a quiz that your child must complete before moving onto the next.

If the score is consistently high, your child will move onto the next level. The computer will not let your child move on to the next until they answer enough questions correctly and consistently. It will make your child practise the skills they find tricky.

 

Independently accessed/completed. Teachers can set tasks through this which must be completed before access is opened to other activities.

 

Teachers can monitor progress and see time spent on each activity.

Teachers will give out log ins- check your child’s planner.

https://login.readiwriter.com/

 

 

Spelling- writing

 

This resource will be updated weekly with your child’s spellings to complete activities online. The games and word investigations help your child to understand the spelling rules and patterns.

 

Independently accessed/completed. Ensure enough time is given to complete weekly.

Teachers will set spellings homework every Friday to be completed the following Monday.

Teachers can monitor progress and see time spent on each activity.

Teachers will give out log ins- check your child’s planner.

SPAG.com

Years 3-6

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG)- writing

 

This resource will be updated by your child’s teacher with online questions based on recent SPAG learning.

Activities will only show once teachers have set them.

Independently accessed although if finding tricky, parental support would be effective.

Teachers will give out log ins- check your child’s planner.

If you have any queries or questions about your child’s reading and writing or how you can support them at home, please approach your child’s teacher through their class email.   

Audio books and website resources 

Bedtime stories

Sooper books- the website is currently free for remote learning but if families would like unlimited access to all stories and audiobooks we’ve got a special discount for you (it works out at about £6 for the whole year). Your coupon code: XD34HD456

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ (Free to create own log in or teachers should have a log in for you already!)

 

https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html For a free ebook to explain Coronavirus to younger children

 

English skills by year group:

Reception     R Reading skills        R Writing skills

Year 1  1 Reading skills        1 Writing skills

Year 2  2 Reading skills      2 Writing skills

Year 3  3 Reading skills      3 Writing skills

Year 4  4 Reading skills      4 Writing skills

Year 5  5 Reading skills      5 Writing skills

Year 6  6 Reading skills      6 Writing skills

 

How to support: Phonics

At Blessed Dominic we teach phonics following the Letters and Sounds programme which groups the sounds into 6 phases:

Phase (targeted year group- please remember each child is unique and makes progress in their own time)

Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One

(Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase Two (Reception) length: up to 6 weeks Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) length: up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
Phase Four (Reception) length: 4 to 6 weeks No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

Table from http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds.html

 

Initial phonics support at home is making sure all adults involved in reading with your child are saying the correct sound for the letter patterns. Repeat the sounds regularly with their written forms so your child can see that they match.  See this video for a pronunciation guide and order the sounds are taught in school:

 

Daily online phonics lessons

This youtube channel has lessons for Reception-year 2. Select ‘playlists’ to choose the right level for your child. Each video is a grapheme and sound and involves reading and writing words using the focus sound.

Daily phonics lessons by teachers online

 

Writing skills: Grammar

MC Grammar is a English teacher turned rapper who makes memorable grammar raps and songs. He also has created lots of lessons to learn grammar concepts in a fun and ‘real life’ way. Check out his videos and if you send in your work he might showcase it in his live lessons!

MC Grammar songs and lessons

 

BBC Bitesize has lessons on many concepts for pupils to learn but has lots of ideas for grammar learning too. Select the right age group and subject you wish to focus on (English) to access the grammar and spelling resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

 

Writing skills: Handwriting (transcription)

Handwriting is an extremely important writing skill. Research shows that when handwriting is neat and automatic (the child doesn’t need to concentrate on making their handwriting neat), children’s working memory can focus on the content and ideas of their writing instead which improves learning. To support and develop your child’s handwriting, use these resources for ideas and demonstrations of the correct handwriting formation.

At Blessed Dominic we follow a handwriting scheme called ‘Nelson’. This scheme has certain rules to follow to develop pupils’ handwriting clarity and fluency. Have a look at their resources for parents for guidance and ideas.

 

Nelson guide for parents

 

 

Handwriting

 

Handwriting videos, resources and demonstrations – from Teachhandwriting.co.uk which has many free resources and guides for parents