Christ Church develops your child’s ability to communicate effectively through writing and speech. Phonics is crucial step toward achieving that goal: Government research shows that “when Phonics is taught in a structured way… it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read”.

As outlined by, Phonics teaches children how to:

  • Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
  • Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make (such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’)
  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word

To learn more about the teaching of Phonics at Christ Church, you can download a copy of our presentation to parents and carers that took place in February 2016. This explains the stages of phonetic development and some technical terms.