Primary School

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Before children can begin to read, they need to learn the sounds that each letter or groups of letter, make. This is achieved through the teaching of synthetic phonics. At Marshgate, we teach how to say every sound (phoneme) at the same time as learning to form the letters using pictures, rhymes and songs.


Once children know the phonemes they can then begin to segment words into familiar sounds before blending them together to read the word.


So that you can support your child at home, you will find below a video that will show you how each sound is formed.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.

Monster Phonics

In Reception we learn phonics with the help of some very friendly monsters!

Each phonic sound family is associated with a specific monster and by using them and colour-coding, we can learn all the ways of saying and writing those sounds. Tricky Witch is also a special friend that helps us to learn and read the high frequency words that do not follow a particular phonics spelling pattern.


You can meet the monsters and their sound families in the document attached above..