Supporting reading at home

How to support reading at home using your sound pockets.


Inside the sound pocket are sounds we are learning and a three square grid called a ‘Sound Grid’. These are to help us practise our letter sounds and practise building up and reading three letter ‘CVC’ (consonant – vowel – consonant) words.

The most important thing to practise first of all, is the letter sounds. There are only 26 letters in the alphabet, but they make 44 sounds – we need to learn all of these to help us become super readers.

We will come home with the letter sounds to practise, and be given new ones when we know them really well.

The purpose of the grid is to apply the letter sound knowledge and develop our reading skills. In particular ‘segmenting and blending’. You could choose a three letter word with a short vowel in the middle (e.g. sat/sap/pat) and place it on the grid (a letter in each box). Ask us to point to the letter sounds and say them as we go (this is ‘segmenting’), then encourage us to say the sounds together to get the word (this is ‘blending’), for example: s – a – t, sat.

Another game would be to say a word slowly encouraging us to pick out the three sounds, you could even break it up for us e.g. ‘p – a – t, pat’. You can then ask us to put the letter sounds we can hear onto the grid. It might be that we can only hear the initial sound at first but lots of practise will make this easier.

The phoneme grids will allow us to make hundreds of different words as we learn more letters and provide a sound base for our reading.

We realise that some of the letter sounds can a bit of a mystery. The ‘correct’ way of saying them is not necessarily what you would instinctively say. Below is a link to the Oxford Owl Website where you can listen to each of the 44 sounds. Or you could use your Alphabet sound chart you got at the beginning of the year in the reading packet.

You can also listen to examples of blending and examples of the sounds in words. This is a particularly useful page to help understand phonics – the letter sounds are accessed half way down the page under the title ‘Say the Sounds’. We understand it is long time since grown ups learnt how to read and very few people can remember how they did it!

If you have any questions or want a demo Miss Irwin will be happy to help.

Happy reading

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