At Holywell Phonics is a crucial part of the children’s journey to be coming readers and writers. We follow a program, based on ‘Letters and Sounds' (National Curriculum 2014), which has been designed specifically to meet the needs of our children. Our youngest children begin working on their phonic skills by developing their ability to listen to and distinguish the sounds around them. They also learn how to blend and segment sounds orally which is a crucial pre-reading skill. Once they are ready, the children learn how to recognise different letters and the sounds they make. This begins simply with individual letters moving on to more complex sounds including alternative ways to spell these sounds. We know that the development of spoken language and the enjoyment and comprehension of quality literature go hand in hand. This all develops a lifelong love of reading and we aim to nurture and develop these attributes alongside the phonics program.