Phonics in Year 1

All children in Year 1 have a daily phonic lesson following the Letters and Sounds Programme, more information on this programme can be found here:

Children will be building on their phonic knowledge from Reception and will continue to become more confident in reading words with the phonemes below. Children will be reading both real and pseudo words (alien words) containing these phonemes. Pseudo words are made up words e.g. quork, blurst.

At the start of term 3 the children will learn the following phonemes:

How to pronounce these phonemes?

This simple clip will show you how to pronounce the phonemes (sounds) that your child will be learning at school. These ‘pure sounds’ help the children to blend and segment for reading and writing.

The following website has short video clips for each phase in letters and sounds showing how to pronounce the different phonemes.

Phonic Terminology

Glossary of terms your child will be learning at school and hopefully will be using at home:

Digraph Two letters making one sound e.g. sh, th, ph
Vowel digraph Two vowels that together make one sound e.g. ea, ai, oo,
Grapheme A letter or group of letters representing one sound
Split diagraphs Two letters, split, making one sound E.g. bake, hike
Blend To draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. s-n-a-p blended together reads snap. Used to read words
Segment To split a word into its individual phonemes in order to spell it. Used to help write words.
Syllable A unit of pronunciation. Water is a two syllable word.
Polysyllabic Words with many syllables
Compound Word A word made up of two words that can stand by itself with its own meaning.

Your child may also talk about sound buttons this helps with segmenting and blending. Below are a few examples of how sound buttons may be used:

Useful Websites

Phonics Links

Letters & Sounds

Free resources to support the Letters and Sounds scheme the school uses to teach phonics.

Phonics Play

The children use this website in school. Some activities require a subscription but others are free.

Teach Your Monster to Read

Help children learn to read with this free, award-winning reading and phonics game.

Oxford Owl

Discover expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children's learning at primary school and at home, from Oxford University Press.

Purple Mash

Purple Mash is an online learning platform which includes lots of activities and games to support learning.

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