Thanks to the large number of parents that attended the Phonics workshop yesterday afternoon. It was a highly engaging session lead by Mr Justin Caban and after parent feedback we are already planning a Part 2 for later in the year. As discussed at the workshop, please find a list of a 44 phonemes for your reference. Remember 'p' not 'per' and who ever knew how many phonemes was is 'psychologist'.
For those unable to attend here is a quick rundown:
Phonics starts with phonemic awareness and the matching of phonemes to single letters. At the same time it shows how these phonemes (sounds) can be 'blended' to produce words and the words can be ‘segmented’ to write.
Firstly, children learn simple letter to sound correspondence. This is when a phoneme is represented by a single letter as in the word /c/ /a/ /t/.
When that’s mastered children learn that sometimes one phoneme is represented by two letters; like in the word /ch/ /o/ /p/ (/ch/ is only one phoneme (sound))
Then after that, children should learn that sometimes a single phoneme can be represented many different ways. Like the sound /ay/ in play. Children will eventually learn that this phoneme can be written;
/ay/ as in the word play
/a-e/ as in the word spade
/ea/ as in the word break
/ey/ as in the word hey
/eigh/ as in the word eight
/a/ as in the word later
/ei/ as in the word vein