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. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they are combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
As a school, we use a range of resources to teach phonics and follow the “Letters & Sounds” programme.
Initial sounds are introduced in the Early Years in a specific order, so that children can make words. The first sounds children learn are s, a, t, i, p, n – children are then able to make words which we call cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) eg tap, pin, sit etc.
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