Phonics is a method schools use to teach your child to read the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read quickly and skilfully. Children are first taught how to recognise the sounds each individual letter makes and then identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as ‘qu’ and ‘ch’. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.

At White Hall Academy we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds Programme. For further details about the Letters and Sounds programme please follow this link:

Below are a number of fun, useful activities you can do at home: 

Phonics Glossary

Phase 1

I spy activity 

I spy checklist

I spy challenge sheet 

Rhythm and Rhyming words activity sheet

Rhythm and Rhyme challenge

Old MacDonald - nursery rhyme poster

Voice sounds EYFS challenge sheet

Environmental sounds

Instrumental sounds

Body percussion

Oral blending and segmenting

Phase 2 to 5

Phase 2 sound mat

Phase 2 words

Phase 3 sound mat

Phase 3 words

Phase 4 sound mat 

Phase 4 words

Phase 5 sound mat

Phase 5 words


Useful websites: - A guide to pronouncing phonemes. - This website features videos to help Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children with their phonics learning - This YouTube channel features videos to support children with their phonics learning - This website features a range of phonics games This website features phonics games - This website features a range of videos and games to support children with their phonics learning






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