What is phonics?

Phonics is the first important step in learning to read.  Children are taught to recognise the sounds that letters make and these sounds are blended from left to right to make a word._mg_6776

A high quality phonics programme is the prime approach to decoding print. This enables children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills systematically by the age of five with the expectation that they will have secured word recognition skills and be fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.

At Roundthorn, phonics is taught in discrete daily sessions of up to 20 minutes, progressing from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills and covering the major grapheme/phoneme correspondences.

The school follows the six phase teaching programme set out in Letters and Sounds beginning in Nursery where children engage in early phonics activities every day in all of their sessions to help them learn to be aware of sounds and to distinguish between different sounds.

In Year 1, children complete the phonics screening check to confirm their progress against national standards.

Below is a useful video for parents in order to help them to pronounce sounds correctly when helping their child at home;