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Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. To ensure our children are able to do this, we use phonics in the early teaching of reading. 


Phonics is taught daily to all pupils in Reception and Year 1. In Year 2 and above, pupils who need it will continue to receive daily phonics input.


We believe that phonics should be taught systematically and consistently. As a school, we follow the highly regarded Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. Our staff are very experienced in the delivery of Read Write Inc. Phonics and children really enjoy learning their lessons. 

Parent video: Understanding Phonics

This video explains what the National Curriculum says about learning to read and how phonics can help.

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? This video will show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home.

Phonics: Parent Information


Please see below for the parent handout from our annual 'Introduction to Phonics' event for parents.


You can also watch a recording from our 'Introduction to Phonics: Parent Webinar' (recorded in September 2021).


The event - aimed at parents of pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - is designed to: provide an understanding of what Phonics is and how it is taught at Parbold Douglas; provide an insight into how children learn to read; and equip parents with a range of strategies that can be used to support children as they practise phonics at home.

Introduction to Phonics: Parent Webinar [September 2021]