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St Agatha's Catholic

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What is phonics? 
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They learn how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. 
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.   

Why phonics? 
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. High quality teaching of phonics will enable children to learn the skills they need to read unfamiliar words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently, accurately and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.   

At St Agatha’s School we use two phonics schemes to support the children when they are learning: ‘Jolly Phonics’ which provides pictures, songs and actions to help learn each different sound and ‘Letters and Sounds’ which provides additional games and resources.