What is 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. Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out.
At Sidlesham Primary School we use the Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a DfE-validated systematic synthetic phonics programme with a whole-school approach to teaching early reading and writing. It teaches children to read accurately, fluently and with understanding, to spell, and to write their own compositions.
Reading books are closely matched to the children's phonics ability and they also take home a challenge book in order to read for pleasure. Reading schemes that the school uses include Project-X, Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree.