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St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School

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Parent/Carer Information

This academic year we have launched the Sounds Write phonics programme.

How can you support your child at home with phonics?

  1. Read as much as possible with your child at home. Remember to fill in your child's reading record every time you read together.
  2. Compete the Sounds Write parents course which will help you to help your child take their first steps in reading and spelling. It  will help you understand how to help your child build, write and read simple cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words; understand how to correct your child when they make a mistake in their reading or writing of simple words, and it will help you to have a basic understanding of how phonics works. You can sign up to the free course here:
    Part One: Help your child to read and write - part 1
    Part Two: Help your child to read and write - part 2
  3. Download the Sounds Write app on your iPad (if you have one) for your child to play on at home. More information can be found via the link here:
    App for iPad
  4. Download the parents guide at the bottom of this page and attend the Phonics workshop for parents during the Autumn term.
  5. Use letter sounds rather than letter names with your child at home. This will avoid confusion for them and will reinforce the learning being done at school.
  6. When listening to your child read, encourage them to have a go at unfamiliar words by encouraging them to: ''say the sounds and read the word.''
  7. Visit the Sounds-Write website for further information, support and resources: Sounds-Write Downloads and Links for Parents
  8. If you have any questions regarding phonics or phonic teaching please contact your child’s class teacher.