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Teaching incidental sounds in phonics.... help!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by phoenix42, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. phoenix42

    phoenix42 New commenter

    I wonder if anyone can help. I'm new to teaching phonics. I've completed stage 2 in Floppy's Phonics and everything has been going well.

    However, there's a couple of books like the Snowman and some for stage 3 which have words like 'nose' and 'bone'. Am I meant to teach these split digraphs incidentally? A reception child seems a little young to grasp it. Or do I teach them as sight words with a quick look at how the phonics works?

    Any help, very gratefully received!

  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Yes teach them that <o-e> is another spelling for the sound /oe/ as you meet the words. Get them to say the sounds they know and supply the new spelling so they can read the words with your support. You shouldn't need to teach words by sight if you're teaching phonics
  3. phoenix42

    phoenix42 New commenter

    Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

    I'm probably wrong, but I thought the unit of sound was /oa/ rather than /oe/ ?
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    <oa> and <oe> are both representations (spellings) for the sound /əʊ/ /oe/ and /oa/ are essentially the same thing

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