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19th May 2021

Teaching Phonics In 2021

Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write. The English language is one of the more complex languages to learn – the English alphabet has many sounds which are read and pronounced differently depending on their surrounding sounds or context. When you start teaching phonics, you’ll come across a wide range of methods and ideas. You’ll need to find the methods that suit both your class and your teaching style for the best outcome and pupil success in literacy.

How Is Phonics Taught In Schools In The UK?

The current best-practise way of teaching phonics is generally considered to be Systemic Phonics. Synthetic Phonics breaks down the units of sounds and their meaning within a word, teaching pupils how to ‘decode’ the language. You will teach your pupils to hear, identify and use the different sounds that make up the English language.

Children start with simple words. They will learn how to break the word down into individual phonemes and then blend phonemes together to form words. After simple words, children must learn consonant blends (sometimes referred to as consonant clusters) and how to blend them with vowels to form words.  Once the basic of decoding and creating language are instilled, children can begin to learn more complex elements of the language, such a voiced and unvoiced consonants and silent letters.


Teachers have been finding new ways of teaching phonics and making the learning experience fun and engaging for pupils since teaching language in this way first began. There is a HUGE range of free phonics resources online available to teachers, both professionally created and designed by fellow teachers.

Games are a great way to engage your class – bring out their competitiveness and they may even forget they are learning! Several games get mentioned over and over again. Check out the reviews of “Blah Blah Blah – The Phonics Card Game” We also love the imagery of ‘Feed The Woozle’ which is popular with teachers on twitter! You could also create your own game around elements of phonics teaching – there are lots of lovely ideas on Pinterest, from making your own phonics tools out of pool noodles to these fun lollystick ‘chips’ for building words!


Teaching Phonics – Twinkl resources

BBC Bitesize on Silent Letters

Fun Phonics Games For 5-7 year olds

Jolly Phonics Activities and Resources

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