The teaching of Phonics

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach using the Letters and Sounds programme. Individual letters or sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds and these are then blended to form complete words. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, each phase builds on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children also learn ‘tricky’ words - those whose spellings are unusual or those that children have not been taught. The sessions include games, songs and actions. Each session provides the children with the opportunity to practise reading and writing sounds and high frequency words.

Phonics is taught on a daily basis to pupils in Reception classes and to all pupils in KS1 in small groups, across a particular phase. Rigorous and regular assessments check that pupils are being grouped within the appropriate phase. Phonics teaching continues into Year 3 and as part of targeted interventions across the school. 

To help support your child with phonics, click here to watch a video demonstrating the correct pure phonic sounds. 

The Oxford Owl website has a range of videos to support parents in understanding more about phonics, click here. 

Here's another document with lots of phonic websites to explore

If you would like any further information about phonics or reading please contact the school.

You can support your child by reading and sharing books with them as much as possible.

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