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.

Dr Deslea Konza - Associate Professor of Language and Literacy

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

This video introduces where phonics fits in with the components of effective reading instruction.

Where does phonics fit in the syllabus?

Stephanie Lewis discusses how explicit phonics instruction supports reading.

Explicit phonics lesson – whole class

This is an example of an explicit phonics lesson with a whole class group.

Explicit phonics lesson – small group

This is an example of an explicit phonics lesson with a small group.

Systematic and explicit phonics instruction

Anne Castles on systematic and explicit instruction of phonics

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Classroom resources

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 Universal Resources Hub include: PowerPoint lesson guides for teachers, independent activity sheets for students, decodable texts and handwriting sheets to practice the formation of graphemes.

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