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Sharp Lane Primary School

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Oxford Reading Tree

Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme 


Learning to read is one of the most important skills that your child will develop over the next few years. The more support and encouragement that you can offer your child, the more likely it is that he or she will make good progress. At school we are using the Oxford Reading Tree series to take your child through the early stages of learning to read. We are using the Floppy’s Phonics teaching programme, which is a step-by-step phonics reading scheme. It introduces the children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) that are at the foundation of all reading and writing.

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught to:
recognise the sounds (phonemes) that each individual letter of the alphabet makes
identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make
blend these sounds together to read and segment for spelling.

Children use this knowledge to ‘decode’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.


Floppy's phonics uses synthetic teaching principles which are to teach the knowledge of the alphabetic code. There are three core skills taught

  1. Sounding out and blending for reading

  2. Identifying sounds for words for spelling

  3. Writing



Helping your child with the spelling routine