I have been really impressed with the progress in the children's reading over the past term, many of the children are now reading fluently and can read the phase 2 memory words. We have begun to learn the beginning sounds of phase 3 and many of these are digraphs which means there are two letters which make one sound and some of these are found not at the beginning of words but in the middle and at the end. Please practise the sounds below with your child as always address any misconceptions, I have put the jolly phonics sounds below which show the correct pronunciation of these sounds.
Now we would like you to practise memory words, these are words which you cannot sound out and the children just need to know them and be able to read them, we are confident with the phase 2 memory words and we have now begun to read the phase 3 memory words. They are below for you to practise you can do this in many ways such as hiding them around the house or even putting them on cars or toys.
Our main focus this half term is our writing the children need to be writing simple words and captions using their phonics knowledge with letters that are correctly formed. Please get your children to practise writing these words below, if you say the word and get them to write it on a line using their pre cursive letters, they should then use their phonics knowledge to segment the word and write down the letters in the correct order.
If your child can do this confidently and independently then please get them to begin to write captions such as those below, again they use their phonics knowledge to write the sounds in each word, writing on the line in one fluid motion using their phonics knowledge.
Presentation is very important to use at Waterside so they children need to take care in their writing, taking their time and making sure they are writing beautifully with letters which are of a good size and have ascenders and descenders.
I have also attached the video about being a Jedi Master writer should your child need it, any questions then please ask.