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Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letters) and is 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.

How to support phonics learning at home

Most of us weren't taught phonics at school, so you'll want to start with our parents' guide to phonics teaching and understand the importance of phonics phases before you start working your way through our teacher-created phonics resources. You can also read clear explanations of the phonics terms you'll hear, such as phonemes, graphemes, consonant clusters, CVC, CCVC and CVCC words and exception words.

As well as easy-to-use phonics worksheets for each phase, we have a step-by-step programme – a structured series of letters and sounds worksheets and activities covering phonics essentials for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and tracking the National Curriculum phonics objectives.

You'll also find lots of teacher-created 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.

And for even more fun and practical phonics learning resources and activities, we have the Fabulous phonics learning pack, Phonics games pack and the Teach your child phonics eBook. 

From Phonics Phase 1 to Phase 6, we've got all the home phonics support you need to build your child's phonics skills and confidence in a fun and engaging way.


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.


Interactive phonics sound mats
Phase 2-5 phonics sounds mats tutorial
These handy interactive phonics sounds mats will help you practise each of the phonics sounds your child will learn in Reception and Year 1, grouped in the phonics phases (2-5) they will learn them in.
Phonics sounds tutorial
Phonics letters and sounds interactive resource
This handy interactive phonics letters and sounds resource will help you practise phoneme sounds with your child, organised according to the 7 groups they'll be learning them in. How many other words can you think of that include each of the sounds?


/Sh/ and /ch/ words Snap
/Sh/ and /ch/ words Snap (Phase 3 phonics)
A free Phase 3 phonics game created by an experienced teacher to help your child practise their Phase 3 phonics learning. This printable activity covers /Sh/ and /Ch/ words in a simple game of Snap.
Blending CVC words
Blending CVC words (Phase 2 phonics)
It's so exciting when children start to put sounds together and realise that they can read! Practise some CVC words together with this handy activity sheet and watch their confidence grow.
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 phonics 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. 

teach your child phonics cover

Teach your child phonics

Teach your child phonics is a reference guide and home-teaching kit which will help you understand exactly what phonics skills your child is expected to have mastered by the end of KS1.