At Brandesburton School, we recognise the importance of teaching a systematic, synthetic phonics programme to build children’s speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare them for learning to read quickly and skilfully.

Our approach provides a detailed, systematic programme to teaching phonic skills, starting in Foundation Stage and with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.
As a school, we follow the guidance given in ‘Letters and Sounds’, providing the children with many ways to learn, extend and consolidate skills through ‘review, teach, practice and apply’.

Through the Letters and Sounds programme, the children are taught to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as /sh/oo/;
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

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. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.

The pronunciation of the sounds is vital in order to blend and segment successfully.  The following video shows how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language, take a look…

Useful websites containing videos and games to support your child’s learning.

BBC bitesize topics

Letters and Sounds

Phonics Play Resources

What is Letters and Sounds

Phonics Play printable resources