Phonics At Wylam First School

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.

At Wylam First School we follow Letters and Sounds Guidance and use Read Write Inc to deliver phonics across EYFS and KS1 and KS2 with further RWI intervention in Y3 and Y4.

In nursery we use Jolly Phonics for the actions and rhymes linking this with Read Write Inc. Ditties.  We then  introduce the sounds in the Spring and Summer terms and use RWI and Letters and Sounds to support this.