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We will be using the scheme, 'Anima Phonics' to teach phonics to the children on a daily basis after the first few weeks. Please see the pamphlet below for more details about how to help at home.

Sounds learnt so far:

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, th, ng, ee, ar, oa, or, oo, oo, ai, igh, ear, ow, ur, oi, air, ure, er, ue.




Rainbow words: 

the, to, I, is, me, was, my, of, go, no, into.

Phase 4 phonics

Phase 4 phonics teaches the children to apply their sound knowledge to longer words such as CCVC words and CVCC words, for example, 'slip' or 'sink' - we call these consonant clusters. We always talk about the position of these in a word, eg, 'sl' will come at the beginning of a word.


The children will work more on twin letters such as 'ss' and 'zz' and again be able to recognise the position in the word. Usually at the end of the word, such as 'kiss' and sometimes in the middle, such a 'buzzer'.


The children will also be learning multi-syllabic words such as 'laptop' which we teach them to karate chop in half to make 2 parts. They can then sound out 'lap' and 'top' separately and then put them back together.


They will begin to explore 'alien words' ready in preparation for phonics in year 1.


We play games such as digraph detective which they love!! Ask them to be a digraph detective with you and spot all the digraphs in the words.



Pronouncing the letter sounds of the alphabet

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code.

Reading letter

Anima Phonics parent information