Phonics at the Federation
What is Phonics?
The National Literacy Trust says:
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’re 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.
Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.
Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.
At the Federation we use the Phonics International programme to support our phonics teaching.
How We Teach Phonics
We have recorded some information to show you how we teach phonics and how the children learn to blend sounds and develop their skills.
This is a typical phonics lesson. These lessons are delivered on a daily basis.
Unit 1 - Sounds and actions
Games to play at home
Activities to do at home
We have attached some phonics resources for you to use at home:
-Matching initial sounds to pictures.
-Blending sounds together to read words.
-Reading simple sentences.
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The Alphabetic Code