Being able to spot the sounds that letters make when they are put with other letters is vital for helping children to decode words when they are reading and writing. The ability to recognise these sounds helps children become fluent readers and excellent spellers! 

Phonics is taught explicitly throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Daily lessons are taught following the Letters & Sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children.  We also use the Phonics Play resource which has some excellent parent pages and games you can access at home on a computer or tablet.


There are 6 overlapping phonic phases. A summary of which can be accessed through the link to the Letters and Sounds website.


In Year 1, every child will have a Phonics Screening Test in the Summer Term. We will invite parents in for an information meeting prior to the test to let you know how the test will take place and share ideas of how you can support your children at home.  The test is a way for teachers to assess the progress children are making in their phonic knowledge and informs them how best to support that child in the future. Regular reading is the best way to support your child at home.

Here are some links to some lovely interactive games which will also help develop your child’s phonic knowledge.

Picnic On Pluto Game- great one for segmenting real and nonsense words

Picture Match- practise blending sounds to read words and match them to the pictures

Use the link above to access lots of free games, mostly aimed at initial phonics skills but fun and great for reinforcing sounds and blending simple words.

We LOVE these games! Especially Dragon's Den and Buried Treasure! They are great for sounding out real and nonsense words- 'trash or treasure'.....