Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners’ phonic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulatephonemes (sounds of letters)—in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.

The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns.


At Preston Park we use a number of combined approaches when teaching phonics:

Jolly Phonics for the actions combined with Letters and Sounds for the sequence and combination of teaching reading through phonics,to ensure children understand decodable and tricky words and for the application of reading skills in simple sentences.  We are also introducing Floppy Phonics to support Teaching and Learning in the ongoing environment.

Below are some useful sites for parents to help with teaching/consolidating Phonics at home.

Watch the video below to hear how each letter of the alphabet sounds.

Watch the video below to hear how each diagraph (or sets of letters) sound.