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What is phonics?
Phonics is the main way in which children are taught to match letters to their sounds in order to read and write.
What does a typical phonics lesson look like?
A phonics lesson is split into 4 main parts – Review, Teach, Practise, Apply.
The review consists of quickly revisiting prior learning to keep this knowledge fresh.
The teach part of the lesson is where new learning comes into play – the new sound or word is introduced to the children by the teacher modelling how to say, write and read it.
Practise is the part of the lesson where the children get the opportunity to practise reading or writing the new sound or word.
Apply is the part of the lesson which allows the children to try writing and reading this new sound within a word/sentence or using the high frequency or tricky word within a sentence.