Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
  • recognise the sounds that different combinations of letters make e.g. ‘sh’ and ‘oo’
  • blend these sounds together from left to right

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read. In Nursery we begin with teaching and learning the single letters of the alphabet introducing each letter, the sound it makes and the action.

Here are some resources that will allow you to support your child with phonics at home

Guide to Jolly Phonics


Letter_&_Sound ideas flyer


Literacy Trust

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