Useful Links 2014-15
Pencil Control and Letter Formations
For general pen control a useful series of books are:
For children who require practise with their letter formations a good series of books are:
Start at book 2 if you want to head straight to letter formations.
Children may need prompting or reminding to use the tripod grip. Triangle pencils can help to reinforce this grip.
On this site you can make your own handwriting sheets:
At Melrose House we follow Phase 1, 2 and the beginning of Phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. We focus on these sounds:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant Digraphs: sh, ch, th, ng
- At the beginning, teach children the letter sounds rather than their names (/a/ rather than /ai/, /b/ rather than /bee/).
- Work out the difference between 'blending for reading' and 'segmenting for spelling'. More information.
- Model correct and accurate pronunciation
- Subscribe to Phonics Play for £12/year.
- Brush up or learn anew about what phonics is from Oxford Owl
- Supplement work done at school with workbooks such as these from Schofield and Sims: Letters and Sounds Phonic Scheme - Phase 1
A popular game with the children at the moment: Teddy Numbers
For ebooks and maths activities follow: Oxford Owl
To sing the songs from our Phonic sessions follow: Letters and Sounds Phase 2
Can you pop the correct phoneme?: Phoneme Pop
Can you work out the real and pretend words? Dragons' Den
For a mixture of educational games follow: Poisson Rouge
For a focus on Maths and English try: Busythings
For a range of educational games for all ages try: Education City