What is Phonics?
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.
Phonics plays a large part in a child's development. Throughout EYFS there is a clear attempt by schools and teachers to make sure children are able to recognise letters and strings of letters.
Different schools adopt different teaching method, however all result in the child being able to decode words and identify unfamiliar words. Their individual knowledge develops through reading and sounding out.
Throughout their early years phonics is a main part of their learning as it sets the foundations for their literacy skills, children learn through activities such as; reading, games, songs and lots more.
Find out lots more about the terms your schools might use when talking about phonics - phonemes, graphemes, decoding, blending, cvc words, and many more.
Click on the resources below to read more and find out how to help your child.
A quick step by step to phonics in primary school learn with videos and alphablocks.
Phonics games will help your child to practice sounding out words, which will help them to read. Initially, children will learn basic letter sounds, such as "c-a-t" for "cat". Later they will move on to sounds such as "th", "sh" and "ch", then "oo", "oa" and so on. Once they recognise a few basic letter sounds, they will be able to work out what a written word says for themselves, a skill which they will be very proud to show off!
Oxford Owl has produced this video with Read Write Inc. Phonics programme Ruth Miskin Watch the video to find help on how to make phonics sounds correctly. Click here.
YouTube Channel - Over 600 videos from the educator who is teaching how to read using phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation! Chosen as the #1 website to make your child smarter by the Times! Mr Thorne is a UK teacher publishing apps, Youtube videos and creating educational content to help anyone learn to read.