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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

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.




Workshops run throughout the year

At Starks Field we hold several phonics information sessions for parents throughout the year. These include a breakdown of what the screening check entails, and also some useful hints on how parents and carers can help at home.

  • Phonics Information workshop for Parents - What is Phonics and how it supports children's reading.
  • Letters and Sounds Workshop - What is 'Letters and Sounds' and how we use this as a teaching tool at Starks Filed.
  • Phonics Breakfast Event for Year 1 pupils and Parents - How we teach phonics at Starks Field.
  • Phonics Screening Check Workshop - How to help your child at home to support their learning at school. 


Dates for these workshops will be sent out to you closer to the time. Also, you can speak to your child's class teacher if you would like to attend any of these workshops





Watch how we teach phonics at Starks Field in the videos below!!

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