Phonics and Reading

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing by developing the child’s ability to identify letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes).


We have several different reading schemes in school.  As with most things different children like different things this is the same with books, so we try and encourage children to read what is of interest to them whilst they are learning the decoding systems necessary for them to go on and read far more challenging books culminating in being a free reader.

Supporting your Child's Reading

—Encourage the children to:

  • —Use their phonological knowledge when reading any unfamiliar words.

  • —Break down longer words into chunks (syllables).

  • —Use the pictures to help.

  • —Allow the children to read on.

  • —Don’t correct any mistakes until they have read the whole sentence.

  • —Ask the children questions about the book.