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By the end of reception in order to achieve the Early Learning Goal for 'Word Reading' your child will need to:


  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.

Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.



    During the Autumn term we will be introducing your child to, and extending their learning with phonemes the smallest unit of sound that can be put together to make words, and graphemes a way of writing down a phoneme. Once your child is secure with this they will move on to orally blending and segmenting simple cvc words and word building. As your child continues to develop their phonological awareness they will make steps towards writing and reading with increasing independence and start bringing home 'Ditty' reading sheets and later progress onto their own Phonics reading book.


    I have inserted some usefully clips to help explain the concept of sounding out and blending below. 


    I have also inserted hyperlinked RWI cards and resources that we use in school should you wish to purchase them to support your child. 


    RWI set 1 sounds 


    RWI set 2 and 3 sounds


    Green Words





    Parent video: How to say the sounds



    Phase 2 Phonics - blending CVC words

    Simple blending of cvc words using a resource from twinkl.