There has been a huge shift in the past few years in how we teach reading in UK schools. This is having a big impact and helping many children learn to read and spell. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.
To view our parent guide to Phonics, click here.
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:
– recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
– identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’
– blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see.
This is the first important step in learning to read.
At Ash Green, we teach Phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work.
Phonics is taught in ‘phases’. Click here for an overview of the different phonics phases and the skills introduced in each phase.
For more information from the Department for Education on Phonics, click here.