Learning to read and write confidently helps children to succeed in all areas of life. Phonics is an important way that we teach students to read, spell and write.
What is Phonics?
Phonics is when we teach children the correspondences between sounds (phonemes) and graphemes (letters). For example, in children learn that "oa" makes a long o sound like in goat.
This helps children to learn o read by looking at the graphemes (letters) and saying the sounds (phonemes). They can then blend these sounds to read the word. As children get better at phonics, they can do this in their head. Phonics also helps children spell - when they say or hear a word, they can segment that word into different sounds, and write down the grapheme (letter/letters) that make each sound in the word.
All students in EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) receive at least a phonics lesson a day, and all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children take home a special decodable book each week that helps them practise their phonics.
At Landewednack, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme.
We are committed to ensuring all children keep up with this progression, which is why we check children's learning frequently and arrange tailored support for any child who needs it.