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What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read. Phonics works by breaking words down into its individual sounds. There are 44 different sounds in the English language. Learning to read with phonics is, therefore, a bit like learning a code, after learning just a few sounds, you will be able to use this code to read 100's of words. The more sounds you know, the more words you will be able to work out how to read.


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What is phonics?


How is phonics taught at Yew Tree?


Phonics is taught daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for 20 minutes. As a school, we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work to ensure a consistent approach to phonics across year groups. Within the session, children have the opportunity to revisit previous sounds, recap tricky words, learn a new sound and are given the opportunity to practise reading and writing the new sound in a variety of different ways. 


Phonics Assessment data

At the end of Year 1, the children will be assessed on their understanding of the phonics through a statutory national assessment. 


 2019 - 69%

 2018 - 76%



What you can do at home?

Below is a selection of websites which you can access at home to support your child. There are a number of free games which are a fun way for your child to practise and consolidate the learning in the classroom. 


Letters and Sounds     Phonics Games     Phonics Play