Phonics in the Early Years is a method that teaches children to read by pronouncing sounds rather than the letters and recognising the relationship between sounds and letters.
For example, children will be learning that the letter 'A' has the sound 'a' like in the word (a)pple.
Why is it important to have Early Phonic Skills?
Before children start to learn the skills needed for reading, there are several important skills they need to acquire to support this process. These aspects underpin all the phonics learning they will do in the future. They need to be able to recognise and discriminate between different sounds in their environment and when exploring instruments. They must understand rhythm & rhyme and they must be able to hear the sounds in words and be able to say them clearly. This first phase of phonics is started before your child attends school and will continue in reception alongside the development of the recognition of letters and using their increasing knowledge to support the development of reading and writing.