Swaffield School


What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write.
It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

At Swaffield School, we are following the Little Wandle (Letters and Sounds) Programme.  Phonics is taught every day in Reception to Year 2 as a 20 minute fast pace lesson. The children in the year group are split into 3 or 4 groups, depending on the sounds that they are currently learning.

These are useful websites to support with reading at home:

Swaffield Phonics Workshop

Key Vocabulary in Phonics

Phoneme – smallest unit of sound e.g j o g

Grapheme – written symbol and the letters

Blending (supports reading) – putting sounds together / start with oral blending – robot hands

Segmenting (supports with writing) - splitting sounds e.g h-o-p, ch-i-p

Useful Documents for parents

Sound card - view/download a copy here

Phase 2 - 5 sound mat poster - view/download a copy here 

Pronunciation Guide Autumn 1 - view/download a copy here

Pronunciation Guide Autumn 2 - view/download a copy here

How Can You Help Your Child at Home?

  • Go through the sound card every day - download a copy here
  • Read with your child for 10 minutes
  • Play Phonics games e.g blending and segmenting. Here are some useful websites for this:

Phonics Play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 

Phonic Bloom - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ 

Topmarks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds