As part of our phonics lessons we have been learning our letter sounds (phonemes). We have learnt – s,a,t,p,i and n. We have also started learning the words I, the and A.
As well as learning phonemes we have now started putting them together to read. Which is why as well as reading every day we should try and practise our sounds.
We can read cvc words (consonant-vowel-consonant) such as sat, pat, tap. Some of us have even had a go at writing them.
Miss Irwin taught us how to use robot arms to segment and blend words to read them . We can turn into robots by using our robot voices and by moving our arms up for each phoneme. If you ask us we can show you.
Blending: Joining together individual sounds to read the whole word. E.g. h- a- t = hat
Segmenting: Separating the word into individual sounds to spell it.
How you can help us at home-Blending and Segmenting Games
Robot speak and actions
Explain that robots cannot say whole words, they can only speak using the individual sounds in words (sound talk). Choose a CVC word e.g. pan and say it in robot speak, using up motion arm movements for each sound to make the segmentation explicit – p-a-n. Ask your child to say what the robot is trying to say. They will blend the individual sounds together to hear the whole word. When your child is confident doing this orally, they can then move on to writing down the word the robot is trying to say. Next, reverse roles. Provide your child with objects or pictures of CVC words. They choose one to say to you in robot speak, using the sawing arm movements. You then guess what they are saying.
Say a word and ask your child to show you, on their fingers, how many sounds they can hear. For example, cat = 3, cup= 3, chips = 4, sock = 3, flat =4. Start with CVC words and then move on to CVCC words and blends such as sh, ch, th and ck. Once your child has identified how many sounds and which sounds, they are ready to write this word.