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Helping at home with Phonics

What is phonics?

Sounds in spoken language – the beginnings of phonics


At St Cleopas CofE Primary School all infant children take part in  high quality,  daily phonics   sessions.  These   are fun   sessions involving   lots   of   speaking, listening and games where the emphasis is on children’s participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading, writing and independent play.


From a very early stage, children develop an awareness of different sounds   in spoken language.   They   develop   an understanding   that spoken words are made up of different sounds (phonemes) and they learn to match these phonemes to letters (graphemes).  Phonics is about children knowing how letters link to sounds (graphemes to phonemes), e.g. c as in ‘cat’, ll as in ‘fell’, ee as in ‘sheep’.