Published on 13th of October 2015

In EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 children take part in an active phonics session. It is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. The scheme we follow is ‘Letters and Sounds’
and through this children learn how to:
• Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
• Identify letter names for all letters of the alphabet and use these for spelling words;
• Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’;
•Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children use the points above to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first  important step in learning to read. ‘Letters and Sounds’ is a structured way of learning that is split into phases that match the age expectations of each year group.

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