What is Phonics?

What is Phonics?

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to read and write. It runs alongside other teaching such as English lessons and shared reading to hopefully give children vital reading skills and a lifelong love of reading. You can find more information here:


Phonics at Tarporley

All phonics in EYFS and Year 1 is taught using Essential Letters and Sounds programme. You can find more information about this in the videos below.

All classroom environments have an age appropriate phonics display concentrating on sounds, spelling rules and patterns and Common Exception Words. At Tarporley CE Primary School we provide daily opportunities to reinforce and apply acquired phonic knowledge and skills across the curriculum and in such activities as shared guided reading and writing.

In order to ensure that children are reading books closely matched to their phonic knowledge, all reading books are labelled and organised according to the graphemes included in the text. Children will read at home and in school books that are closely matched to their phonics phase.

Below you will find links to websites and some videos which will help your child practise their phonics at home:






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