English - Phonics
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. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.
At Rockcliffe we use Phonics International. Phonics International is a highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible online synthetic phonics programme. It is designed for all ages and needs and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read and spell. It is written by leading synthetic phonics expert, Debbie Hepplewhite. Debbie's approach to phonics teaching and learning is 'two-pronged, systematic and incidental'.
Children in EYFS and Year 1 use Floppy's Phonics, then build on achievements with Phonics International.