Reading and spelling are two sides of the same coin; decoding and encoding are inverse operations. Therefore, we use the linguistic phonics programme, Sounds-Write, to teach both throughout the school.

The children are taught to decode and encode through explicit teaching and practice of these skills and concepts:


  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Phonic Manipulation


  • letters are symbols that represent sounds
  • sounds can be spelled using 1,2 3 or 4 letters
  • the same sound can be spelled in more than one way (rain, break, gate, stay)
  • many spellings can represent more than one sound (head, seat, break)


If you would like to practice phonics at home with your child, here are some useful websites to support you.

A very good selection of interactive games focussing on phonics and sentence construction. 
Each is split into medium/hard/really hard and are short and fun.

A great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases.  Mostly simple games.

This website is a fantastic way to make sure you are saying all the sounds the right way and also contains videos to help your child learn new and revise the sounds we have already done at school.

A selection of free games that promote spelling. Some rather challenging games to really challenge the children.

Phonics games will help your child to practise sounding out words, which will help them to read. Your child will have lots of fun while developing their phonic knowledge and skills.