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What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letter groups). Phonics is the learning-to-read method used in primary schools in the UK today. 


Phonics at Woodgate

At Woodgate, phonics is taught according to the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. This involves teaching the letter sounds associated with each letter in order to blend to read and segment to spell words. We use a variety of approaches in the teaching of phonics to make lessons as interactive and fun as possible . Our teaching covers the six phases of phonics. These phases can be found in our phonic progression document as well as in the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.



Here are the phonemes for phases 2, 3 and 5. 

Phonics Screening Check


The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

Year 1 children usually take the phonics screening check in early June. 


There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. The child will read up to four words per page for their teacher and they will probably do the check in one sitting of about 5–10 minutes.


To access sample materials and training video, click on the link below: