Learning to read English can be a tricky business. There are 26 letters of the alphabet, but around 44 sounds that make up our language. Phonics (or systematic synthetic phonics, to use the full title) is a system that matches written letters (graphemes) to their sounds (phonemes). At Bosley St Mary’s Primary School we use the Letters and Sounds scheme.
We teach phonics every day for half an hour, but it doesn’t stop there. What we learn in phonics we use in every lesson that needs us to either read or write. So that’s every lesson, every day.