Spelling and Phonics

Opportunities for teachers to enhance pupils’ vocabulary arise naturally from their reading and writing. As vocabulary increases, teachers show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.

Pupils are taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English. They are taught to use the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and ‘language about language’. This is not intended to constrain or restrict teachers’ creativity, but simply to provide the structure on which they can construct exciting lessons.

Throughout the programmes of study, teachers will teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.

Help for parents

Please find a link below to the presentation from our Parent Workshop. It has lots of useful information about phonics, how we teach the children and all of the terminology that we use in school.

Useful links

Worksheets for-

consonant and vowel recognition, initial consonant sounds, beginning and end blends, consonant diagraphs, silent letters, long vowel sounds, Phase 3 and 5 sounds.

A good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games. Covers-

Phase 3 and 5 sounds, Phase 6 work such as prefixes and suffixes, plurals and tense worksheets. Extensive list of long vowel worksheets and games such as hangman plus a mix of very good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases. Recommend Sandcastle quiz for phase 3 and 5.

Interactive games focussing on phonics and sentence construction. Each is split into medium/hard/really hard and are short and fun.

A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

A range of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

A Super website with lots of engaging games to help with letter recognition and early reading.