Phonics is the way that we teach reading in school. It is the connection between sounds and spoken language and how you represent them in written language. It is essential for children to have a solid understanding of phonics in order to read. Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match them to letters, and finally how to use the letter sounds for reading and spelling.
Phonics is taught discretely and daily in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It is taught primarily through lots of practical activities and games. Children are encouraged to use what they learn in these sessions when reading and writing.