Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School

Learning at Home


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Phonics, Spelling and Building Vocabulary

In Year 1, we follow the Monster Phonics scheme. Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. It is a fun way to teach phonics, since it is multi-sensory. Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character, these can be found here: Monster Phonics Characters. Monster Phonics is a highly advanced multisensory scheme. This creates interest and engagement from the children. 


In our class we also use Monster Phonics to support our spelling development. Each of the words are categorised for each page. Each week we will have a spelling check to ensure that the children are apple to apply the graphemes. As we progress through the booklet we will begin to add some of the Year 1 high frequency words to continue to secure, develop, strengthen and challenge the children's spellings. 


In Year 1 we use two types of books.
Our core reading-at-home books are the Monster Phonics reading books. The progression of the Monster Phonics books are matched to that of our teaching programme. This means that the books introduce new grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) in the same order as the teaching programme, and the progression within the books is cumulative so children can practice the phonics they have already learned earlier in lessons. Each book focusses on a key grapheme and enable children to learn the link between sounding, spelling, reading and writing. 
Alongside this we send home books for pleasure, these are our Oxford reading tree books. These can be shared with an adult. The child can read the book or have the book read to them by an adult. 
In Year 1, reading exposure and consistent reading is key to development. We encourage that reading records are signed and returned to school in book bags every single day. In class, we read 1:1 with the children and group read. At this age the link between phonics, reading and writing is vital for early development and security.