Visit the Read, Write, Inc parents information page which includes a series of information and tutorial videos explaining the basis of the Read, Write, Inc. method, including how to say the sounds and the phonics screening check.
There are many great websites and apps to help support phonics learning at home. Here are some of our favourites:
www.phonicsplay.co.uk – Buried Treasure, Dragons Den, Obb and Bob
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2Ddf_0Om8 – help with pronunciation
Guidance notes and resources to support your child with Phonics and the Phonics Screening Check
Phoneme – The smallest unit of sound. There are approximately 44 phonemes in English (it depends on different accents). Phonemes can be put together to make words.
Grapheme – A way of writing down a phoneme. Graphemes can be made up from 1 letter e.g. p, 2 letters e.g. sh, 3 letters e.g. tch or 4 letters e.g ough.
GPC – This is short for Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence. Knowing a GPC means being able to match a phoneme to a grapheme and vice versa.
Digraph – A grapheme containing two letters that makes just one sound (phoneme).
Trigraph – A grapheme containing three letters that makes just one sound (phoneme).
Blending – This involves looking at a written word, looking at each grapheme and using knowledge of GPCs to work out which phoneme each grapheme represents and then merging these phonemes together to make a word.
Segmenting – This involves hearing a word, splitting it up into the phonemes (sound talk/sounding out) that make it, using knowledge of GPCs to work out which graphemes represent those phonemes and then writing those graphemes down in the right order.
Alien words – These are ‘made up’ words which test children’s knowledge of known phonemes.