If your little ones have started school for the first time they will be learning to read and write using phonics. Most adults weren’t taught to read with phonics so many parents and carers aren’t familiar with how it all works. This can make things confusing for you and your child as you read and learn together at home.
But don’t worry: our brilliant Mehnaz and Literacy Champion Dee want to change that! They have recorded Mehnaz showing you how to make the sounds that your children are learning at school.
Fantastic thoughts from parents!
“Its nice to watch someone do the phonics in a fun way. They love watching these videos, thank you!"
“I have seen the Phonics videos on Facebook and will be practising with my little one in holidays. Very good effort, keep up the good work!”
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write the English language. It teaches children to read individual letters (for example: a, s, t) and groups of letters (for example: oo, sh, igh) by saying the sounds they make. They then learn how to blend the sounds to make the words they are reading or writing.
For example, if a child knows the sounds for t, p, a and s, they can build up the words "tap", "pat", "pats", "taps" and "sat".
Phonics lingo and info
- What is a phoneme? This is the smallest unit of sound in a word
- What is a grapheme? This is the written representation of a phoneme
- There are 44 phonemes in spoken English
- What is a digraph? This is two letters which combine to make one sound (for example: ch in chip)
- What is a trigraph? This is three letters which combine to make one sound (for example: air in hair)
Watch Mehnaz and Dee’s brilliant videos below to find out more about phonics and learn how to sound them out together. Scroll down to view our newest videos on phonics!