What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:
Children are then able to use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they see.
This is the first important step in learning to read.
Why is Phonics important?
One in six 11-year olds still struggle to read.
England has slipped behind other nations in reading.
Poor reading skills in children has been linked to challenging behaviour, disengaged learners and low confidence.
If children do not learn to read, they cannot read to learn.
Phonics at Far Forest
Although formal Phonics teaching is usually complete by the end of Year 2, children continue to use their Phonics knowledge as they move through the school.
The whole aim of Phonics is not just to learn the sounds, but to use them as a tool to support reading and spelling.
Supporting your child at home
The links below contain a range of resources to help develop your Phonics knowledge and activities that can be used at home to help support your child's Phonics learning.