Northaw C of E Primary School


Help with phonics

What is phonics?

Phonics is simply the system of relationships between letters and sounds in a language. When your child learns that the letter B has the sound of 'b' or your older child  learns that "tion" sounds like 'shun', they are learning phonics.

At Northaw School we use the 'Letters and Sounds' and Jolly Phonics phonic programmes. 

Why is phonics important?

Learning phonics will help your children learn to read and spell. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of letters and letter combinations will help your child decode words as they read. Knowing phonics will also help your child know which letters to use as they write words.

Play the below video for information on what phonics are and how to practice the sounds with your children. They will be learning about phonics from nursery and will be improving their phonic understanding all through their reading journey to year 6 and beyond. It is vital children have a deep understanding of phonics in order to advance with both reading and spelling.

For some phonic learning activities such as puzzles and games click here to go to the BBC Words and Pictures site. The Oxford Owl website provides further examples of how to ‘sound out’ and blend in order to decode words.