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What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’, and,
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to decode new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.

Why Phonics?

Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. 

Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.

Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’. This includes children who find learning to read difficult, for example those who have dyslexia.

Our school uses the Government approved programme 'Read Write Inc' to deliver a systematic and rigorous approach to phonics.

Children are taught with their peers in small groups to ensure they keep pace with the programme of study. When needed, children receive daily, intensive catch-up sessions to ensure every child keeps pace with the learning.  

In the Foundation Stage and Year One all children will have a daily phonics lesson followed up by activities, in school and at home, that support and embed the learning of the previously taught sounds.

For children in Year Two and KS2 that require additional phonics support, daily additional interventions are in place led by skilled teachers or teaching assistants.

Support for Parents

Parents who wish to know more about Read Write Inc and how tu support children at home can visit the links below:-