We are having a phonics theme for the Literacy Focus next week.


Above is the link to a general poster showing some common phonic graphemes and then one using subject words.


Phonics is not the only way to learn spellings but, is an important and evidence-based technique known to help with literacy.  It is linked to improving phonological awareness ‘the ability to reflect upon and manipulate the sound structure of words’.  Being able to see patterns in spellings, linked to sound can really help when attempting to encode an unfamiliar word.



Phoneme – the smallest unit of sound in speech

Grapheme – the letters which represent the unit of sound

Digraph – two letter grapheme e.g. ch for chip

Trigraph – three letter grapheme  e.g. igh for high


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