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Phonics help for parents

FAQs, top tips, and lots of help in supporting your child learning to read using phonics

Learn more about phonics

Phonics explained

Home Learning Phonics - s, a, t, p

What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching reading where your child is taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.

Support for phonics practice at home

Julia Donaldson's Songbirds

Practise your phonics with Julia Donaldson's Songbirds

Delightful phonic stories from the nation's favourite children's author.

My Phonics Kit

My Phonics Kit

Everything a parent and child needs for motivating phonics practice at home, all in one convenient pack.

Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary

Phonics Spelling Dictionary

Spelling and reading made easy with phonics.

Biff, Chip and Kipper Alphabet Games

Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Flashcards

An enjoyable way to practise key reading skills.

Read Write Inc. Home Learning

Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. phonics programme teaches reading, writing, and spelling with proven success.

More information about the Phonics Screening Check

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Advice about the Phonics Screening Check

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

The Phonics Screening Check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress in the phonics skills to read words and are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.

Extra help with phonics

Phonics made easy

Oxford Owl

Free phonics help and support

Oxford Owl is a FREE website built to support you with your child's learning. You'll find lots of help and support for phonics, including a guide on how to say the sounds correctly and answers to frequently asked questions, such as "Why does my child need to use the phonics method?"