Learning to Read and Write
We teach daily Phonics lessons that are interactive, engaging and fun. Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. Children 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 ee
- 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.
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.
During your child’s first year at school, they will learn all phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. We learn two sounds a week, following them in order from left to right as shown on the images below (s, a, t, p, i, n etc).
Phase 2 Sounds
Phase 3 Sounds
Children are also taught Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words. These are words that we cannot sound out (high frequency words).
Phase 2 and 3 Tricky Words
Helping your child with reading at home
A useful website to help with practising phonics at home:
This clip is a brief summary of almost all Cued Articulation hand signs as written and designed by Jane Passy. Taken from Jane Passy's book "Cued Articulation: Consonants and Vowels" Revised edition (2010), Acer Press.
Use this clip to learn how the phonics sounds are pronounced. Please ignore the hand signs as we do not use these:
Jolly Phonics Songs are used at the beginning of each lesson, please use this video to help your child learn the songs.