Phonics

Phonics resources aligned with Letters and Sounds, phase 1, phase 2, phase 3, phase 4, phase 5 phonics games, phonics play activities

Explore our phonics games, phonics worksheets, phonics activities, split digraph resources and phonics planning all aligned with the Letters and Sounds framework. With resources for phase 1 phonics, phase 2 phonics, phase 3 phonics, phase 4 phonics and phase 5 phonics – our resources will help with all aspects of phonics teaching. Phonics resources for teachers, primary phonics resources, phonics primary resources and much more!

What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a framework for teaching phonics with the aim of teaching children how to read. It is a systematic approach to teaching phonics, beginning with the basics and building on them to create a solid foundation for reading and spelling. The letters and sounds are taught in a specific order, with the focus on blending sounds together to read words.

Letters and Sounds phonics resources

Our Letters and Sounds phonics resources cover all phonics phases, and are aligned with the order of progression in the DfE Letters and Sounds framework. We have created a range of hands-on letters and sounds resources and phonics games and activities, with plenty of phonics play ideas to keep children engaged and on track with their phonics learning. Explore tricky words games using our tricky words mirror activity – where the tricky words print out backwards, then children should use a hand mirror to figure out what the word says and read it aloud, a fantastic phase 5 phonics game.

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How to teach phonics

The best way to teach phonics is with direct teaching, and children learn best with short, sharp bursts of teaching and learning where their attention is really focused. Young children find it difficult to sit and listen to long periods, so you should make sure that your phonics lessons are interactive, fun, engaging and focused on what you want the children to learn. Children also learn from consolidating previous learning, so it’s important to go over previously learned sounds and tricky words at the start of each phonics lesson.

To teach phonics effectively,  you can use a variety of methods such as:

  1. Teaching the sounds of individual letters and letter combinations, leading to blending those sounds to read words.
  2. Using pictures, phonics flashcards, and other visual aids to help children associate the sounds with the letters.
  3. Providing opportunities for children to practice reading and writing words that contain specific sounds.
  4. Using phonics play ideas and interactive activities to make learning phonics fun and engaging.

It’s important to keep in mind that every child learns differently, so it’s important to be flexible and adapt your teaching to meet the needs of individual children.

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