Helping my child with phonics

What is phonics?

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

  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make e.g. sh and oo
  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

 Children can then use this knowledge to segment and blend new words that they hear or see.

 

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.

 

All children are individuals and develop at different rates. A phonics screening check at the end of Year One ensures that teachers understand which children need extra help with phonic decoding.