Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners’ phonemic awareness- the ability to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes- in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that present them. At St Gregory’s Primary School we use a systematic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds, alongside Oxford Reading Tree ‘Floppy Phonics’ reading scheme.
Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children have time to practice and expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’, which are words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught.