Time and time again, research shows that learning to read - and to love to read - is directly linked to children's success at school and beyond. So how can you best support your child at home? We can help, from explaining how children are taught to read using phonics to tips for encouraging reluctant readers, and book recommendations for every age group. And don't miss our books for children aged 3 - 11!
Phonics made easy
Learning to read using phonics
If you have a child in their first year of primary school, there is a good chance you will have come across the word ‘Phonics’. Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught right from the start of Reception.
Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.
Here, our phonics experts share their top tips on how best to help with phonics, and Laura Sharp tells us about the Phonics Screening Check that children take at the end of Year 1. We’ve also included a helpful audio guide that will help you learn how to say the 44 phonics sounds correctly, and books to help practise reading with phonics at home.