Phonics made easy
Learning to read using phonics
If you have a child in their first year of primary school, there is a good chance you will have come across the word ‘Phonics’. Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught right from the start of Reception.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.
Here, our phonics expert Ruth Miskin shares her top tips on how best to help with phonics, and Laura Sharp tells us about the Phonics Screening Check that children take at the end of Year 1. We’ve also included a helpful audio guide that will help you learn how to say the 44 phonics sounds correctly.
Ruth Miskin's Ten Top Tips
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for getting started with phonics
How to phonics videos to
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support learning to read at home
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Ten FAQs about phonics
Laura Sharp's Ten FAQs about
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the Y1 phonics screening check
Say the sounds
There are 26 letters of the alphabet but they make 44 sounds. Which
sounds would you like to hear spoken aloud and in example words?
A - E Sounds
F - N Sounds
O - S Sounds
T - Z Making sounds
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Phonics resources from Oxford University Press
Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Phonics Kit
This pack includes everything you need for fun phonics practice at home leading up to the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. Buy on Amazon >
Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Phonics Flashcards
Fun, phonics games to support children sitting the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. Buy on Amazon >
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