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. Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out.
We follow the Governments Guidance: Letters and Sounds which is a synthetic phonics scheme to support children’s reading. Systematic phonics instruction is the direct teaching of a set of letter-sound relationships in a clearly defined sequence. Children begin at Phase One which concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phases two to five.
By the end of the programme, children will reach Phase Six. The main aim for children is to develop their fluency as a reader and increase their accuracy when spelling.