Phonics is a method of teaching children to read and write the English Language. It teaches children that the sounds of English are represented by letters or groups of letter.
At Thames View, we use a systematic approach called Letters and Sounds to teach children to read using phonics. This is split into six phases, from learning about sounds at nursery to becoming fluent readers around age 7.
If your child is struggling to read fluently by Year 3, they will benefit from extra phonics teaching or extra reading practice 1:1 or in a small group with a teacher or teaching assistant. Lots of research has shown that children can catch up and keep up when they get the right help.
Parents sometimes worry about their child feeling singled out if they go out of class for extra help. Please don’t be concerned. It’s very common for children to have extra help at some time or another, and not just for reading. So children just tend to see it as a normal part of the school day, and they really love the extra attention!
There are lots of simple things you can do at home to help your child learn to read.