What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Here at Raglan we use the Letters and Sounds programme to provide all children with a systematic approach to how they learn phonics. Every child in the infants does 20 minutes of phonics every day to embed and practice the sounds required to allow them to begin to read with more fluency and independence. Within this time children also have an opportunity to apply their knowledge into their spellings and writing.

Below is a link to all the high frequency words that the children are expected to learn in the different year groups.