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At St George's the children are taught phonics as a key skill for both reading and writing.

Parent video: Understanding Phonics

• Children are taught to read letters/groups of letters by saying the sounds they represent.
• Phoneme: Smallest unit of sound within a word. There are 44 phonemes in the English language.
• Grapheme: The letters that represent the phoneme. These can be 1 or more letters. There are over 100 graphemes in the English language.

Parent video: How to say the sounds

It is important to use pure sounds when supporting your child.

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words

• Once the children have some phoneme grapheme correspondence they are able to begin to segment and blend.
• Segmenting is breaking down the word into the sounds.
• Blending is putting the sounds in the word together to make the word.

Parent video: The Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is typically carried out in the Summer Term of Year 1.

How we teach phonics at St George's

• Daily lessons
• Taught across year group
• Begin with 26 letters of the alphabet
• Move onto digraphs (2 letters that make one sound)
• Revisit and consolidate previously taught sounds alongside learning new sounds
• Phonics for reading and writing

How you can support your child 

• Support your child to develop an awareness of sounds by playing i spy
• Create and use phonics flashcards with your child
• Use Reading Eggs