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Extra Phonics Support in Reception

On this page you can access resources to support your child in phonics that may have been archived from the main page, or will support your child in other ways.

Phonics Tips

If your child is finding the Phonics work tricky... 

  • Try to watch the daily sound reviews and encourage them to join in where they can. Try to make sure they join in with the Speed Sounds section so that they regularly see the sounds and get used to them.
  • Practise blending and segmenting by encouraging them to hear the sounds in words. It's usually easiest to hear the first sound: b, then the last sound b-d and finally, the middle sound b-e-d.  
  • If they find this hard, help them by dropping into your conversation. E.g. "It's time for b-e-d.  It's time for bed!" The more the hear it the sooner they will start to tune into the skill.
  • Look at some of the other activities on this page, like the Alphablocks videos and the BBC Bitesize links.  

Reading Tips

If your child is finding the reading work tricky... encourage them to work on hearing and saying initial sounds in words.  This will help them when focusing on written words.

  • Look for sounds they recognise in the text
  • identify a sound together and then see if you can see it again.
  • look for letters in the home and on your daily exercise
  • play games with a small number of sounds (3 or 4 familiar and 2 or 3 unfamiliar - reduce these numbers if you need to). E.g. stick the sounds up and challenge your child to hop to a sound; play splat the sound where you say a sound and they splat them with their hands - then get them to test you! Chalk sounds outside and say a sound for them to throw a wet sponge at or squirt with a water gun.

Share story books regularly - read to your child and then talk about what you read together.  This develops listening skills and an understanding of stories.

Writing Tips

If your child is finding the writing work tricky... encourage them to work on hearing and saying initial sounds in words.  If they struggle to engage with mark-making, continue to encourage them and also offer alternatives such as:

  • paintbrush and paint
  • 'painting' with water on surfaces outside
  • crayons and pens
  • a shallow tray of salt, flour or sand to make marks with a finger

Please get your child to continue to practise writing their name if they are unable to do so. When they are confident with this they will start to see those letters in other words and become more confident with them.

Letter Formation

Open the PDF attached below the image to access tips about letter formation.

RWI Letter-formation image

Set 1 Sounds

These are all the basic sounds that the children have been introduced to.  We are reviewing these at the moment. Most are single letter sounds but some are special friends - two letters that make one sound.

RWI Sound Mat image set 1

Set 2 Sounds

These are sounds we are just started introducing this half-term.  They are special friends - using multiple letters to make one sound.

RWI Sound Mat image set 2

Speedy Green Words

As children become more confident with reading they will start to recongise words without having to sound them out.  We have introduced Speedy Green Words videos.  The children should watch the chosen video everyday for the week and will become more familiar with the words through the repetition.  If you feel your child is ready to join in with the activity please select the one your child needs.  They can stick with the same video for as long as they need to.  They are archived here in case your child is struggling to keep up with the pace on the main page.

Speedy Green Words

Learn how to read at, mat, sat and sad.

Speedy Green Words 1-1.mp4

Speedy Green Words 2

Review at, mat, sat and sad, and learn mad and dad.

Speedy Green Words 2-1.mp4

Speedy Green Words 3

Review at, mat, sat and sad, mad and dad, and start to read them more quickly.

Speedy Green Words 3.mp4

Speedy Green Words 4

Read at, mat, satsad, mad and dad without the sound buttons.

Speedy Green Words 4-1.mp4

Speedy Green Words 5

We are now getting speedy at reading at, mat, satsad, mad and dad without the sound buttons. After half-term we will learn some new words.

Speedy Green Words 5-1.mp4

Tricky Words

Tricky words are words that children can't use phonics to sound out. These are words that children just have to learn. When your child is ready, try to watch your chosen video everyday. Here are the archived Tricky Words videos for you choose the right level for your child.

Tricky Words 1

Learn how to read I, the, to, no and go.

Tricky Words 1-1.mp4

Tricky Words 2

Review I, the, to, no and go. Start to look at the words a little more quickly.

Tricky Words 2-1.mp4

Tricky Words 3

Review I, the, to, no and go and read them more quickly. Learn you.

Tricky Words 3-1.mp4

Tricky Words 4

Read I, the, to, no, go and you quickly. We will learn some more after half-term.

Tricky Words 4-1.mp4

Tricky Words 5

We continue to practise our tricky words and learn a new word: my.

Tricky Words 5-1.mp4

Tricky Words 6

Introducing the word is.

Trickey Words 6-1.mp4


Alphablocks is a great programme on BBC iplayer that re-inforces the learning we do in phonics.  Select an episode to match the sound your child is learning, or to practise some more blending and segmenting skills for reading.

Click the image below to select an episode.

Alphablocks image

BBC Bitesize

There are some useful little videos and activities on BBC Bitesize that support phonics teaching. We use them on the main page but you can also revisit ones that you think your child needs to spend more time on. 

Please note: The BBC uses different headings for their phonics groupings.  The first picture relates to our Set 1 phonics learning and the second picture fits best with our Set 2 phonics learning but has some cross over with Set 1. They also use a different sound for ay to us at this stage.

Click the image below to select an activity.

Bitesize phonics 1
Bitesize phonics 2

Phonics Play

The team at Phonics Play have kindly opened access to their website.  There are lots of fun games to support blending and segmenting words. Phase One and Phase Two match the BBC Bitesize phases.  We recommend starting with Phase One.

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Click the image below to go straight to one of their activities.

Phonics play pluto
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