Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one from another in the English language.
Written language can be compared to a code. Knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children to decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
Segmenting: the skills of splitting a word, like ‘dog’, into its three component sounds /d/…/o/…/g/.
Blending: the skill of blending individual sounds to enable your child to say words, such as /c/… /a/… /t/… ‘cat’.
Phoneme manipulation: the skill of changing (manipulating) sounds within words to enable one sound to be replaced by another. For example, take the word ‘bat’ and then replace the sound /a/ with /i/ to make ‘bit’
Every child is closely tracked and monitored. Groups are adjusted and changed on a half termly basis where needed. We provide annual opportunities for parents to attend phonic training events where we can explain in greater detail how parents and carers can support their child at home. If you would like information in the meantime, your child’s phonic lesson teacher would be happy to provide this.