The government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Here at Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane, we are using the ‘Letters and Sounds ‘programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. Letters and Sounds is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using Letters and Sounds the children learn to read effortlessly so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a Letters and Sounds trained teacher or teaching assistant. In addition to the Letters and Sounds, children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own teacher.

The Phonics Co-ordinator at Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane is Mrs Parkin. If you have any questions or need any guidance on the programme, please pop into the school office or give them a call and they will arrange an appointment for you.

Useful websites and leaflets for more information

  • www.phonicsplay.co.uk
    This is a website we use frequently in school. There is a special parents section on the homepage that has information on phonics and lots of interactive games you can play with your child.
  • www.talktoyourbaby.org.uk
    This website provides lots of information for parents and carers of babies and young children, and suggestions of activities, features, DVDs, books and events that are both useful and fun. You can have their free newsletter emailed to you directly.
  • Family Reading
    The Family Reading Campaign website provides lots of information to support you and your family. The Family Reading Campaign works to encourage reading in the home. There are also many links to other websites.