Reading - Phonics

When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:

  • The sounds represented by written letters
  • How to blend the sounds together to make words

Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l  sounds like llllll  when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.

At school, you will probably hear teachers talking about blending and you might also hear them refer to sounding out too. All these terms focus on the same point – synthesising sounds.

At Bradshaw Primary School we use the phonic scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ which was produced by the government for teaching phonics. We also incorporate a bit of Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write Inc. Phonics.

A guide to the process of teaching Letters and Sounds and how you can support your child with reading and writing is provided here.