In Reception we learn phase 2 and phase 3 phonics. We may move onto phase 4 towards the end of the year. It is important to know the letters of the alphabet, but in reading we teach the sounds of the letters rather than the letter names. We can then blend these sounds together to say a word,
e.g. s-a-t -----> sat! We learn phonics through a scheme called ‘Phonics bug’ and also through sound boxes.
These are 45 words to learn to read and write by the end of Reception. They are called high frequency words, because we use them so often. Your child will be able to move up the word bands on our 'reading rocket' and ‘spelling rocket’. Once all of the words have been learned, your child will 'land on the moon' and can choose a prize from the prize box! Many of the high frequency words are 'tricky' words which you cannot 'sound out'. They are 'sight' words which your child will learn to read.