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What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

How do we teach phonics?

Phonics is taught in phases, beginning with the most common sounds in the English language and building skills from there.

 

The children begin their phonics journey by listening out for sounds, recognising and naming them (phonological awareness), then progress on to sounds such as: s, a, t and then cobinations of letters such as: th, zz, igh.  The children read words by sounding them out and blending and learn to write by sounding words out and using their phonic knowledge to write them. 

 

In class, the children practise through rhymes, actions, air writing, using magnetic letters and exploring reading and writing through play, teacher and LSA led activities and much, much more.

Places to Practise

Here are some useful websites for you to practise phonics at home:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?e=-1&c=0#:

If you would like to know more ways to practise phonics at home, please speak to your child's class teacher

 

 

 

 

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