Phonics

Mum and child reading together

Phonics is the method used to teach reading in primary schools nowadays. In this section of the site you'll find out everything you need to know about how phonics is taught in school, what the phonics sounds mean and how to boost your child's phonics confidence.

You'll also find lots of phonics worksheets and mock tests to help you prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

Our colourful phonics phases sound mats present the phonemes and graphemes children learn to read in Reception and Year 1, organised according to their phonics phase.

Articles

Common phonics problems sorted
Common phonics problems sorted
Finding the thought of phonics daunting and wondering how you can support your child in learning to read when you're not really sure how they're being taught in the first place? Reception teacher Niki Jackson shares her phonics tips and advice for parents, highlighting some of the common phonics problems children experience and effective strategies to overcome them.
9 of the best phonics tools
Best phonics learning tools
Want to practise phonics at home? We’ve picked some of the best games, apps, tools and books to help you reinforce what your child is learning at home – the fun way!
Mum and daughter reading
10 ways to boost phonics confidence
How should you support your child’s learning and first reading at home to help them prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check? Teacher and Y1 parent Phoebe Doyle offers some practical tips and ideas.

Worksheets

/Sh/ and /ch/ words Snap
/Sh/ and /ch/ words Snap (Phase 3 phonics)
Read the word cards together and discuss which card belongs to which picture. Shuffle the word cards and share them between two players. The oldest player starts the game by turning over a card and placing it face up on the table or floor. Each player then takes turns placing cards, face up, next to the card. When the word card and picture card match that’s SNAP! The player with most cards at the end wins.
Phoneme chart
Phonics sounds - interactive worksheet
This handy interactive phonics sounds worksheet will help you practise the sound of each phonic with your child by the 7 groups they'll be learning them in. See how many other words can you think of that give examples of each sound. Move your mouse over the letters to hear the sounds.
Reading unfamiliar words using phonics worksheet
Reading unfamiliar words using phonics
These robots have such funny names! Can you read them?
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Phonics screening check

Help your child prepare for the Year 1 Phonics Test

The Phonics Screening Check, which all children take, is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete. Find out everything you need to know about the test and then download official past papers and our exclusive practice papers.

Phonics games

Phonics games

Your child will do lots of phonics learning at school – so why not use games to help them put their new skills into practice at home? Our Phonics games learning pack, created by a KS1 teacher (and parent), offers ten games and activities to choose from. Everything you need to start playing, from instructions to game boards and a sound die, is included in your download – print off your bingo counters, sharpen your pencils and have some fun!

Fabulous phonics

Fabulous phonics

Learning to read is all about phonics these days, so if you don't know your phonemes from your digraphs our phonics learning pack is for you. In the Fabulous phonics learning pack, you'll get a complete overview of how and why phonics is taught, as well as teacher tips to help you make phonics learning part of your child's everyday life and 50 printable games and activities to put the theory into practice.

Follow TheSchoolRun's Phonics Learning Journey

The Phonics Learning Journey covers phonics essentials for Reception and Year 1, ordered to match the learning-to-read journey your child will follow at school. 

Phonics