Phonics in Year 1
On this page you will find some attachments to support your child in segmenting and blending (using phoneme fingers) to read decodable words in order to improve phonics skills and to help prepare children for the Year 1 reading check.
This reading check will involve children being asked to read words from Phase 2 up to Phase 5 and to check children have reached the expected reading level. These flash cards are all real words. Please use these flash cards below however you can. You might like to ask your child to read them on screen (even on car journeys), print them out to read, print them out, stick around the house to play ‘hunt the words’, print 2 copies to play matching pairs games…. The ideas are endless. If you have some good strategies that work, please share them with other parents.
However, in the reading check, children will be asked to read some unreal words, just like the games on Phonics Play website. Please encourage your child to think carefully at Phase 3 and 4 for identifying digraphs in words (not just individual sounds) and in Phase 5 the alternative ways of saying the digraphs to ensure the real words make sense. In the reading check, unreal words are called ‘alien words’ and will have a picture of an alien next to them.
There are some good free phonics interactive games on these websites. Some are tablet friendly while others need Flash or Adobe to work on a computer. The children need to be competent up to Phase 5 to score well in the reading check:
When reading, please ask your child what to do and remind them to do these things:
- Use your phoneme fingers
- Spot the digraph
- Spot the trigraph
- Spot the split digraphs
- Spot the Phase 5 alternatives