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What is phonics?

You might be wondering how you can help your child learn to read at home or perhaps you are interested in knowing a bit more about what they are learning at school. 

Most parents of young children were taught to read using a different strategy to the one used today, which is why it can be hard to know what to do for the best.  This guide provides some information and advice about the current reading strategy in schools.

The way children are taught to read these days is called phonics or most recently, letters and sounds. There are some other useful words you might want to know like phoneme (the sound of each letter) and grapheme (what each letter looks like). 

What differs now from when most of us were children is the very short sounds that letters make.  It is important to keep the sounds short, so that when children are blending (which means putting sounds together to make words) they can hear the word that they are sounding out.

At Wistaston Church Lane, we us 'Letters and Sounds' to deliver our phonics sessions. 'Letters and Sounds' is a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics. It is split into six phases, from starting to learn about sounds at nursery to becoming fluent readers around age 7.

We supplement 'Letters and Sounds' with 'Jolly Phonics', which uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory, enabling children to become fluent readers.


Subject Documents Date  
Phonics Overview 06th Oct 2020 Download