Welcome to our phonics page. Here you will find information about how phonics is taught at Hoyle Court and further information to help you support your child to learn phonics at home.

What is Phonics?

Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words

In phonics lessons children are taught three main things:


  • They are taught GPCs. This stands for grapheme phoneme correspondences. This simply means that they are taught all the phonemes in the English language and ways of writing them down. These sounds are taught in a particular order. The first sounds to be taught are s, a, t, p.


  • Children are taught to be able to blend. This is when children say the sounds that make up a word and are able to merge the sounds together until they can hear what the word is. This skill is vital in learning to read.


  • Children are also taught to segment. This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.

Do we follow a scheme?

  • In order to determine the order in which different sounds are taught, the school follows the Government's Letters and Sounds guidance along with elements of a published scheme - Jolly Phonics.  


Each year, we have a meeting for parents to explain more about phonics. The presentation below aims to introduce phonics and how we teach phonics.





Sounding Out

This video shows how children learn the sound that each letter of the alphabet makes.













Blending is the process of putting sounds together to make words. This skill is used to read.












Segmenting is used to spell words. A word is broken down into its parts, into individual sounds. Each sound is then written to spell the word.









The school subscribes to Phonics Play which supports children's learning of phonics through fun games and activities. The site also has some free content you may like to access at home!