Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School


Phonics is one method of teaching children how to read and write.  Phonics is all about sounds. There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words. Some are represented by one letter, like 't', and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck and 'air' in chair. 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.


Synthetic phonics refers to 'synthesising' or blending the sounds to read words. It is based on the idea that children should sound out unknown words and not rely on their context.


At Ashurst Wood we use a scheme called 'Song of Sounds' to support the teaching of synthetic phonics. The children revise learnt sounds and are taught a new sound every day. This is done through carefully planned lessons using an interactive approach where all children are engaged in the lesson.  Below is an example of a Song of Sounds Lesson.

How can I help my child at home?

Please use the videos below to help at home. Remember to only use the Stage relevant to their year group.

Songs of Sounds Stage 1 is suitable for Reception year children.

Songs of Sounds Stage 2 is suitable for Year One children.

Song of Sounds Stage 3 is suitable for Year Two children.

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