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How can I help my child with their phonics?


  • Listen for sounds in words every day and sound the whole word out slowly. 
  • Use the 'Letters and Sounds Book' to record objects for each sound. 
  • Hold up an object and ask questions such as "What sound does this start with?"
  • Play games such as I-spy using phonic sounds, e.g. I spy with my little eye something beginning with (say letter sound).
  • Play a blending game e.g. you sound out the word c-a-t and they have to say the word (start with simple three letter words. 
  • Use the letter name and the sound it makes. 
  • We use 'pure' sounds when sounding out the letters, i.e. the shortest sound possible.  For examples of how to do this see Mr Thorne's phonics  

Mr Thorne Does Phonics

Geraldine the Giraffe loves to learn her sounds. There are videos for all the sounds on the Mr Thorne YouTube channel.