Support your child with Reading and Phonics
At St Mark's we want our pupils to love reading. Children need to draw on a range of skills in order to read accurately and fluently; this includes phonics. Adults reading to children, children reading to adults, and the practice of phonics skills - all on a daily basis - are vital for developing confident and enthusiastic readers.
Our core Reading Scheme is 'Oxford Reading Tree'. Linked to the scheme is 'Oxford Owl', a website produced by Oxford University Press specifically for parents to help support the development of their child's reading at home. Included on this site is an 'Expert Help' section which focuses on phonics and includes advice on how to pronounce the individual phonic sounds and segment and blend these. We also use Pearsons Bug club books which work alongside the Abacus Bug club ICT programme that the children use at home. Videos by Ruth Miskin give useful tips on the teaching of phonics.
At St Mark's we teach the children phonics through through a detailed and systematic scheme introduced by the Government in 2007 called 'Letters and Sounds'. The phonic sounds and skills are divided into six phases; your child's teacher will give you information on the phase your child is working at. This commercial website based on 'Letters and Sounds' scheme gives further information. The school also use a phonics website called "phonicsplay.co.uk ". This site also breaks games into the correct Phases and is a very enjoyable way of learning.
Many 'Help with phonics' videos are hosted on You Tube. Mr Thorne does phonics is one of the most popular.
We have also produced our own sound track of the phonetically sounds to help parents.