Summer Camp is designed to support children who are starting school and children that have just started Reception.
There is no expectation that children should be introduced to letters or know them before they start school. Each Summer Camp session is based upon one of the Phase 2 sounds but the focus is on developing pre-reading and pre-writing skills rather than learning to read or recognise the letters.
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Summer Camp is available as an online programme where you can tick off the activities as you try them. It has been renamed Phonics Camp Phases 1-2.
What is included?
There are 3 activities included for each sound because there are 3 stages to teaching letters - see it, hear it and write it.
Activity 1 - see it, hear it
Children are introduced to the letter sound through play. The activity involves objects or a theme beginning with the sound.
Activity 2 - write it
As we introduce letters, it is important to focus on the correct formation as it will help with legibility and speed later on. It is much easier to teach the correct formation from the start than to try to undo incorrect letter formation. When children start school, their hands often aren't ready to begin writing with a pencil so the letter formation activities included in Summer Camp are done through play. The activities introduce the correct letter formation and also help to develop the pre-writing skills required to hold a pencil.
Activity 3 - Letters through play
The third activity is designed to support pre-reading and pre-writing skills. The activities will focus on Phase One phonics which is really important and lays the foundations for Phases 2-4 which are taught in Reception. Children who can hear letter sounds, blend them together and sound words out accurately are well placed to make a good start in reading and writing.