What is phonics?
Phonics is the understanding that there is a predictable relationship between phonemes (the sounds of spoken language) and graphemes (the letters that represent them in written language).
Dr Deslea Konza explains that phonics is the relationship between phonemes and graphemes and the importance of this component in learning to read.
How phonics instruction supports the development of reading skills
This series of videos explains the role of phonics in developing reading skills and provides classroom examples.
The Big Six
Explicit phonics lesson – whole class
Systematic and explicit phonics instruction
Anne Castles on systematic and explicit instruction of phonics
Resources have been developed to support teachers implement evidence-based practices in the classroom.
The Phonics sample sequence of phonemes (staff only) provides guidance on when to introduce phonemes and their corresponding graphemes.
The Phonics PowerPoint lessons for S,A,T,P learning sequence (staff only) is example of an evidence-based lesson to introduce the phonemes represented by S A T and P.
Other resources available on the Learning Resource Hub include: PowerPoint lesson guides for teachers, independent activity sheets for students, decodable texts and handwriting sheets to practice the formation of graphemes.