What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read. They are taught how to:
Children can then use this knowledge to segment and blend new words that they hear or see.
Currently in school we use the Letters and Sounds programme.
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.