Woodlea Primary School

Phonics and Reading


Phonics Information for Parents 


Our Phonics Scheme is Letters and Sounds.

Our Reading Schemes are a mix of Oxford Tree and Big Cat Phonics.

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read using their sounds. They are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make and blend these sounds together to make a word. The children are then able to use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ unfamiliar words. This is the first important step in learning to read.  At Woodlea Primary School children from Reception to Year 2 have a discrete phonics session daily and in Year 3 they will have a phonics session daily until Christmas.  We use PhonicsPlay (www.phonicsplay.co.uk) to support our teaching of Letters and Sounds. Children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to their reading and their writing.

Phonics works best when children are given plenty of encouragement and learn to enjoy reading and books. Parents play a very important part in helping with this. Phonicsplay has free access to a number of games that can be used at home to reinforce what your child has learnt in school. If you would like to know what Phonics Phase your child is working at please do not hesitate to ask your class teacher.

If you would like to find out more about teaching children to read using Phonics please watch these videos ( https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/expert-help/phonics-made-easy ). On this website you can also find exemplifications of how each sound is said, ensure you take the time to pronounce the sounds correctly as this is essential for your child’s learning.