Being able to read is the most important skill children learn during their early schooling and has far-reaching implications for life-long learning, confidence and well-being. High quality phonic teaching is the prime means by which we teach children how to read and spell words. At Hackleton, we follow the ‘Sounds-Write’ phonics programme to ensure children develop their phonic skills in a coherent and systematic way.

Sounds-Write teaches the knowledge that:

  • Letters are symbols that represent sounds.  

        The code

  • A sound may be spelled by 1,2,3 or 4 letters.

        e.g. dog   feet   right   dough  

  • A sound can be spelled in more than one way.

       e.g. the /ae/ sound:   pain    steak    cake    play

  • A spelling can make more than one sound.

        e.g.   spelling ‘ea’:     bread  (the /e/ sound)     stream   (the /ee/ sound)

Sounds-Write teaches the skills of:

  • Blending – putting sounds together to make a word
  • Segmenting – breaking a word into sounds for spelling
  • Phoneme manipulation – the ability to swap sounds within words

We strongly encourage parents to complete the free Sounds-Write course for parents of children aged 4 to 6 years. This will help to ensure the way that parents support their children at home matches the methods we use in school.  

For further information and to enrol on the course, please click this link 

   Support for Parents and Carers - Sounds-Write