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Phonics: Teaching New Phonemes

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Kaszebe, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Kaszebe

    Kaszebe New commenter

    Hi, I was wondering, do you have to teach a new phoneme every day in a systematic synthetics phonics programme or can you spend some lessons going over known phonemes and how to blend and segment using these?

    Thank you in advance for your advice!
  2. bananatree84

    bananatree84 Occasional commenter

    Hiya. We are starting a consolidation session as the speed is going over some children's heads so we will be doing three new sounds then a consolidation session each week with whole class, and individual or group sessions during continuous provision.
  3. Kaszebe

    Kaszebe New commenter

    Thank you!
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Revising previously taught phonemes should be part of every lesson as should applying what is taught ...blending and segmenting ...reading and writing . I'd also include dictation.
  5. pinkhippos31

    pinkhippos31 New commenter

    It depends on both the programme and which stage of a programme you are teaching. You would start every lesson by revising some previously taught graphemes or tricky words and I would also build revision into other parts of the lesson eg using some words with previously taught graphemes, as well as today's GPC in the practice and apply parts of the lesson if using LaS. That way, the children are more likely to remember their learning from day to day. Be careful with some online/commercial plans, in which the focus is almost exclusively on one new grapheme each day, with no opportunities for reading/spelling words with the GPCs taught on the previous days.

    Some parts of a programme would introduce a new grapheme every day, but there is nothing to stop you from taking a day out to go over the GPCs taught, if you feel the children are overwhelmed. For example, looking at the timescales of Phase 3 in LaS, most of the new GPCs are taught in the first 6 weeks, leaving 6 weeks to revise them, so taking the odd day out for revision during the first 6 weeks is not going to put you behind with the phase overall. Phase 4 has no new GPCs, so you can spend time here revising the more difficult ones from Phase 3, but within words containing CCs.

    Hope that helps.

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