Phonics & Reading

I have posted the choices grid below should you need a spare one.


Please still listen to the children read, listening to them read out loud helps them to understand/hear any mistakes as well as their own expression and fluency. 


When reading, children should be encouraged to use their VIPERS skills (I have posted a link explaining this below, it also includes a range of examples). Using these skills will develop the children's understanding of what they have read. For example when reading a new story, look at the title/front cover and predict what the story may be about. Ask the children to summarise what they have read or to retell the key story events in the correct sequence. Focus on new vocabulary and explore what it means. 

I have created a help sheet for phonics and to support you/the children when they are drawing sound buttons onto their words. 

Here are some book covers with a link to some questions using our VIPERS skills that we use in school. Have a go at answering the questions and practicing your reading skills! 

Below are some websites you can explore with the children.

Some of these have been posted on the school Facebook page too.

Oxford Owl has some great resources. There are lots of books available for free and you can choose the correct colour/stage book that the children are on. If you are unsure then please contact me and I will let you know.

Audible are offering free stories for children whilst schools are closed. I have had a look and there are some lovely stories available on there!

Alphablocks are short adventure stories that the children do enjoy listening to. It involves lots of blending sounds too.

Phonics Play is a website that we use a lot in school for recapping sounds and tricky words. There is a free subscription for parents at the moment although there are some free resources on there too. The children particularly like the sorting games for real and nonsense words (there is an alien one, a pirate one and a dragon one).  


We have also been watching some of the 'Wishing Chair Adventures' on YouTube at school that the children might enjoy or could use as a starting point for some of their writing tasks.