What is phonics?
Phonics is simply the system of relationships between letters and sounds in a language. When your child learns that the letter C has the sound of 'c' or your older child learns that "tion" sounds like 'shun', they are learning phonics.
Here at Starks Field Primary School we use the 'Letters and Sounds' phonic programme.
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.
Help with phonics
At Starks Field we hold phonics information sessions for parents, which include a breakdown of what the screening check entails, and also some useful hints on how parents and carers can help at home.
On Tuesday 28th March, we invited all year 1 children and their parents to have breakfast together at school and watch a phonics lesson in action! The children were very proud of themselves and their learning and were able to show their parents how hard they work at school during their lesson time. Our parents were able to watch a phonics lesson being taught to their children. They were able to see how teachers teach the sounds, ask questions about what they could do to support their children at home and where to find resources. It was a great session for all the children, their parents and the teachers involved. We hope to hold many of these events in the future!