Phonics means learning about the different sounds in the English language and the letters and groups of letters that represent them. Learning sounds and letters and knowing how to blend sounds together is a key skill in learning to read.
At Bayards Hill Primary School, we teach children phonics everyday in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We do this using a programme called 'Floppy's Phonics'. In their phonics lessons, the children learn different sounds and how they are written (as a letter or groups of letters). They practise blending sounds together to read words, and they also practise writing letters and words.
The reading books that children take home are matched to the sounds and letters they have been learning.
Floppy's Phonics features the familiar characters from the Oxford Reading Tree series - Biff, Chip and Kipper, that are known and loved by many children in primary schools!
You can find out more about phonics, and how to help children at home, here (this link takes you to the publisher of the Floppy's Phonics series).