Phonics is taught as a way of decoding written letters and spoken sounds in the early stages of learning to read. Learning to read is like cracking a code so, by teaching phonics, we teach children to crack the code.
At St Nicholas of Tolentine RC Primary school we use a synthetic phonics approach. We teach phonics clearly and systematically; the order of teaching each sound has been specially developed so that children can start reading complete words as soon as possible. The teaching of phonics begins in EYFS using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.
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