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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.


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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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.



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