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What is Phonics?


Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught from the start of Reception. Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading. Your child will be taught two crucial things when they are learning to read using synthetic phonics:

  1. How sounds are represented by written letters. For example, they will be taught that the letter ‘m’ represents an mmm sound.

  2. How sounds can be blended together to make words. For example, they will be taught that the sounds of the letters ‘c-a-t’ blend together to make the word ‘cat’.

Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog have made Oxford Reading Tree the UK’s most popular reading scheme used by 80% of primary schools in the UK.


Which Phonics programme do we follow at Woodchurch?


At Woodchurch we Follow 'Floppy's Phonics' which is closely linked to Letters and Sounds. Floppy’s Phonics is a rigorous, easy-to-use systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme for early reading and writing success. We use the interactive phonics lessons and activities to teach sounds, blending, grapheme-phoneme correspondences, letter formation and pronunciation to the whole class, groups or for individual practice. 


Hi gang,
Welcome to our web page, thank you for coming to explore. We are all part of the Floppy’s Phonics team and we would love for you to join in and have a go at some phonics with us. First, we must introduce ourselves so scroll down to find out who we are.


The Robinsons:


Our Friends:


Now you know our names it’s time to have some fun! Below are some resources your teachers have uploaded to help you practise your sounds. There is a video for each level and say the sounds posters for you to spot the sounds and circle them. Also, it is equally as important for you to practise saying these sounds when you are reading, you can do this through reading the sentences. Finally, there is a link to some of the amazing reading books where you will find us, find a book you like and jump into the story.


Come and join in!
Biff, chip and Kipper




Level 1+

Level 1+ Flashcards

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Level 2

Level 2 Flashcards

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Level 3

Level 3 Flashcards

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Level 4

Level 4 Flashcards

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Level 5

Level 5 Part 1 Flashcards

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Level 5 Part 2 Flashcards

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Ideas for using the Grapheme tiles 


  • Cut them out and use as another way to practise saying your sounds without a picture.
  • Spread the cards out on the floor and get someone to call out different sounds for you to find!
  •  Use the tiles to blend sounds together to make words 


Ideas for using the say the sounds posters


These are just a different way to practise recognising your sounds for each level. 

  • Get someone to call out sounds for you to find on the poster 
  • Point to each sound and say it using your pointy finger 
  • Get someone to point to a random sound on the page and you have to tell them what it is 

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter. Fin...

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child. Find more phonics help on ...

Floppy's Phonics is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.

Floppy's Phonics Resources

Phonics Screening Check

At the end of year 1, children sit a phonics screening to check their understanding and knowledge of phonics. To help prepare them for this you need to practise any sounds sent home and continue daily reading. We practise these checks with the children in school so they are familiar with the content and process.  Please see below some other useful materials to support practise for the phonics screening check.

This year, due to Covid19, children in year 2 will sit the check in Term 2 2020.



Useful Web Links:

Oxford Owl