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Welcome to the Children's Phonics Page

Phonics - Parent Meeting 1

What a fantastic amount of parents attending our very first phonics session. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you, your support is very much appreciated.

The first session introduced parents to phonics, what it is and how we teach it in EYFS.

Keep an eye out on parent mail for the next one in the next half term.

The information and evidence below is for Academic Year 2022-2023

Phonics Parent Workshop - Phonics Screening

Year 1 parents were invited into school to talk about the Phonics Screening Check. Todays workshop was all about helping parents understand that the Phonics Screening Check is a word reading test that all Year 1 children undertake in June.

Parents were also informed that word-reading at 6 is a good indicator of future reading success. Children joined the workshop and played phonic games with their adults to demonstratre all the different ways in which they apply their phonic skills. 

Parent Feedback - Phonics Screening Workshop

Thank you to all the parents that attended our Phonics Screening Check workshop and thank you for all your positive feedback.

Thank you to all parents that attended the second session of our phonics parent workshop. 

This session was based on Fred Talk and what parents can do to help at home.


1. Speak like Fred throughout the day.

2. Play Fred games.

3. Use 'Fred Talk, read the word' to read words.


Use the link to view free video tutorials on the Read Write Inc website





Parent Workshop 3 - Reading with your child

How parents can share wordless books with their children.

Reception Parent feedback from the Introduction to Phonics Workshop.

Parent Workshop for Reception - An introduction to Phonics

Parents and grandparents were invited to attend an, 'Introduction to Phonics' workshop. Miss Tomlinson explained what we do in school, who phonics is for, what phonics is and how we teach phonics in school. Children joined us to take part in a phonics lesson and then joined in phonics activities to demonstrate how they apply their phonic knowledge.

Year 1 Parent feedback from the Phonics Screening Check Workshop.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Parent Workshop

Year 1 parents and grandparents were invited to a meeting to help them understand the phonics screening check their child will take in June. Lots of information was discussed as well as how parents and grandparents can help at home. 

Adults were encouraged to use 'Special Friends', Fred Talk', read the word, to read words, to practise reading sounds speedily, review, review, review and to listen to their child read their Read, Write Inc story book everyday.

Adults were also reminded about the free video tutorials on the website





What do you think about phonics?

How can your adults help you with phonics? 

Parent video: How to say the sounds

RWI Pure Sounds

Year 1 Phonics Practice Pack

Teach your child phonics at home with these supporting QR codes containing teaching videos for Set 2 ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou , oy

Teach your child phonics at home with these supporting QR codes containing teaching videos for Set 3 ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure

In Nursery children begin their phonics journey by working through the stages of phonological awareness. They work through structured activities and materials that are used to teach early phonological awareness skills, paving the way for the systematic teaching of phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) later on in the year. We focus on:

  • general sound discrimination
  • environmental sounds
  • instrumental sounds
  • body percussion
  • rhythm and rhyme
  • voice sounds
  • alliteration
  • finally oral blending and segmenting

 After covering all these areas, most children will begin learning their set one sounds.

Useful websites for Parents

Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child  learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included. - Games and information for parents - many games to play - fun games for the children to play  - fun games for the children to play  - fun games for the children to play and information for parents  - fun games for the children to play  - fun games for the children to play  - fun games for the children to play

Sparklebox - lots of resources to print off and help you support your child at home

BBC Bitesize - many games to play covering all areas of the curriculum