Help your child with phonics

Ref: C2226459

This course is based on the Letters & Sounds programme of phonics teaching, which provides a structured approach to the teaching of phonics. During the course, you will learn about the importance of speaking and listening, with a focus on early phonics teaching. We will then explore how you can support your child's phonics learning at home, matching letters and sounds and using the correct terminology. We will look at how phonics supports reading and writing and how you can reinforce this at home. Finally, there will be an opportunity to explore some of the different techniques used in schools to support phonics teaching, such as actions and repetition, as well as looking at the range of resources available to support phonics teaching, including games, websites and apps.

Additional information about this course

No sessions on 21st or 28th May.

Course aim

This course is for parents & carers who would like to develop their own understanding of how phonics is taught in schools, in order to be able to support their children with reading and writing at home.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Support and show my child how to develope their speaking and listening skills.
  • Use phonics to match letters and sounds.
  • Explain the basic terminology of phonics teaching.
  • Use my phonics skills to support my child's reading and writing.
  • Recall specific techniques that are used in my child's school, in the teaching of phonics.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will have the opportunity to try out ideas and activities developed during the course, at home with your children. There will then be an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and supportive discussions in the following session

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • The tutor will provide you with verbal feedback during activities throughout the course, as well as during discussions about follow-up activities at home. You will also have the opportunity to provide each other with supportive feedback on ideas

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Help your child with phonics

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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