Phonics is a method that teaches children to read by pronouncing sounds rather than the letters and recognising the relationship between sounds and letters. Learning phonics helps children learn to read and spell words accurately and quickly. When a child is taught phonics, they can use that knowledge to decode unknown words. At St Anne's we use 'Letters and sounds,' to teach phonics. We find this programme to be very practical, ultimately resulting in the children remembering and applying the sounds quite quickly. We use a range of songs, games and practical activities to learn and revise phonic sounds. In Year 1 we consolidate Phase 2 & 3 phonics, when they are confident your child will then be introduced to new cluster sounds (Phase 4) and Phase 5 sounds. You can find all these sounds on the sound mats below.
Tricky words are words that are taught by sight, these cannot be decoded or sounded out and the children are taught to remember them. . You can find a list of tricky words that need to be learnt during your child's year below.