Our Learning – Phonics


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go” Dr. Suess


Phonics Leader – Helen Trevor

What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.


Why phonics?

Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged five to seven.

Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment. Children will also become confident phonetic spellers. This will then lead into teaching the children different spelling rules to help develop more accurate spelling.

Phonics Screening Test

At the end of Year 1 children are assessed using the National Phonics Screening Test and this is repeated for those who did not achieve the appropriate level at the end of Year 2. This assessment gathers information on the children’s ability to blend and segment decodable words to read.

The children sit with the class teacher one to one in a relaxed environment and read 40 decodable words. If a child reads a word incorrectly, the teacher will just move onto the next word. Some words are real words and some are ‘alien’ words. Below is a sample of 2 test pages. The test is very child friendly and is a great assessment tool for teachers.


How can you help your children?



Thank you to all who attended the Phonics Information Evening.
Below is the booklet with phonics sounds, key words and a list of apps and websites.

Also below is the powerpoint presentation as a PDF that we used on the information night.

Phonics Presentation

Phonics Booklet

If you would like to find out more about phonics, visit the phonics section of the Department for Education Website (Click Here)

What do we use?



At Ardley Hill Academy we use “Letters and Sounds” to teach phonics and early reading. We are also starting to use Jolly Phonics songs to help the children learn the actions and sounds in an exciting and memorable way. Please share these at home with your children. They will get great joy showing you the actions they are beginning to learn at school.



Free resources and activities for parents and children can be found on Phonics Play

We often use these games in school and the children can show you what to do.


Other printable resources can be found on twinkl

Below are many resources that we highly recommend you download and use in your home when helping your children develop their phonetic skills.

More questions?

Please email
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Sharing Stories with Babies Parent Information Sheet

Sharing Stories With 9-12s Parent Information leaflet

Sharing Stories With 5-8s Parent Information Leaflet

Share a Story Reading at Home KS2 leaflet

Share a Story Reading at Home KS1 Leaflet

Jolly Phonics Actions Sheet

New Approach Presentation

Reading at Ardley Hill Academy 2018

Phonics Presentation


Phonics Tree