Phonics at Duke Street

What is Phonics?

Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. A Phoneme is the sounds that a letter makes. In Phonics lessons, we teach children that each letter has a name and a sound. 

A Grapheme is the way we write the sound down on paper, essentially, it is what the letter looks like. 

Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. Children will learn to recognise the grapheme too. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words.

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Introduction to Phonics


How to pronounce each sound correctly…

Here is a useful video that demonstrates how to correctly pronounce each letter sound. 

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl - YouTube


How you can support your child at home…

Read together!

 Read a bedtime story to your child every night. 

Listen to your child read to you.

Point out writing everywhere – on food labels, on your phone. 

Write together!

Write a shopping list.

Write to friends and relatives or even to the Teacher’s at school!


Here is a video that gives you 10 top tips to support your child to learn how to read and write…

Phonics help: top 10 tips | Oxford Owl - YouTube

These are Tricky Word Songs that we sing in Reception to help children to learn tricky words…

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song - YouTube


Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To - YouTube


Here are two great websites with FREE interactive Phonics games...

Online Phonics Games (Phase 2) -

PhonicsPlay - Resources


Phonics screening check information


Phonics Policy


*If you would like any further support with Phonics then please speak to 

Miss Robinson 

(Phonics Lead at Duke Street) 



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