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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 tpa and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.

How do we teach phonics at All Saints'?


Read, Write, Inc.


Staff at All Saints' deliver phonics lessons daily using the main approaches in Read, Write, Inc. This is a progressive programme of synthetic phonics.



What is 'synthetic phonics'?


Synthetic phonics is the most widely used approach associated with the teaching of reading in which phonemes (sounds) associated with particular graphemes (letters) are pronounced in isolation and blended together (synthesised).


For example, children are taught to take a single-syllable word such as cat apart into its three letters, pronounce a phoneme for each letter in turn /k, æ, t/, and blend the phonemes together to form a word.

Our phonics programme at All Saints' CE Federation

Phonics workshop for parents

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Mrs. Lloyd (phonics leader) and Miss. Ferguson have prepared the following presentation for our parents.

We recommend parents watch the slide show and refer to our 'Phonics terminology for parents' handout which is available on our website.

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