Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics

Phase 1 of a 6-phase teaching programme to help practitioners and teachers teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling.


Phase one activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. These activities are intended to be used as part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, links language with physical and practical experiences, and provides an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books. Phase one activities pave the way for children to make a good start in reading and writing.

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