Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Using a phonetic approach, children are taught how to:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as 'ch' or 'oi'
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word
At Saint John’s, we teach phonics through the government published programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ in conjunction with other resources such as Mr Mc, Geraldine the Giraffe, Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics. It aims to build on children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills in six phases.
Phonics is taught daily. Children are taught within the phase that is appropriate to their level of development. They are assessed on a regular basis and grouped accordingly. Staff receive regular training in the teaching of phonics which enables them to deliver interesting, interactive sessions that engage and motivate the children.
For the Department for Education Parents and Carers Information on the Year One phonics screening check:
We host a phonics session for reception parents in September and a Phonic Screening information session in March for Year 1 parents. If you would like further information on phonics, please see our phonics lead, Ms Griffiths or your child’s class teacher.
Below is a useful glossary to explain some of the terminology that you may encounter, as well as some useful phonics websites and resources that you may find helpful in order to support your child at home.