Far Forest Lea MemorialCE Primary School



What is Phonics?


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes.
  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make.
  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to read a word.

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


At Far Forest, Phonics is taught following the Story Time Phonics scheme. Every time the children learn a new phoneme, they receive a book from the Phonics Fairy linked to the new phoneme they are learning. The children then learn a rhyme and action linked to every phoneme e.g. i, i, Incy Wincy.


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.