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A love of reading is the biggest indicator of future academic success. (OECD)


Phonics and early reading

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. Phonics works by breaking each word up into individual sounds before blending those sounds back together to make the word.  It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. 


Children are taught to link phonemes (sounds in words) and graphemes (the symbols used to represent them). Research has shown that phonics, when taught correctly, can be the most effective way of teaching children to learn to read. Sounds are taught in a set progression.  Learning phonics and learning to read is one of the most important stepping stones in early education as it gives your child the skills they need to move forward in every subject, you simply cannot progress without it.

At St Thomas’ Federation, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. We teach phonics using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. 


We model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We also have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.


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