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Wexham Court

Primary School

Preparing every child to become a successful individual in an ever evolving world


What is Phonics?


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. 

Phonics teaches children to recognise sounds that each letter makes. In the English language there are 44 sounds or phonemes but 120 different ways to write them.  Some phonemes are made up of more than one letter. For example some sounds contain 2 letters such as ‘sh’, ‘ch’ or ‘ay’.   These are known as diagraphs.  There are some sounds that contain 3 letters such as ‘igh’, ‘are’ or ‘ore’.  These are known as trigraphs.  A few sounds are made up of 4 letters such as ‘aight’.

Now for some history!

As a result of England being invaded so many times throughout history, each set of invaders brought new sounds and new words with them.  This is the reason for so many different ways of representing the sounds.  But this also makes it hard for children to learn so many different sounds and ways of representing them.

So how does Wexham Court make Phonics easy for children to learn?

To help children learn all these sounds in an easy and simple way, as well as teach the different ways of writing them, Wexham Court teaches phonics through the Read Write Inc program.

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