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Phonics and reading

Pre-school children are fascinated by books, sounds, and letters and we are very keen to support and encourage this at home. The details below demonstrate what your child will be taught in preschool, and how you can help prepare your child for their journey to Reception. 


Phases in phonics


Your child has begun to learn phonics. In preschool, we will use the Twinkl Phonics programme and some aspects of Sounds-Write, which develops children’s abilities to listen, make, explore and talk about sounds. Sounds are explored and developed through games to practise:  


  • Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination) 

  • Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) 

  • Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension) 


At Fairfield Community Preschool, we aim to give our children the best possible start and will begin to work on phonics when your child is ready. They will be given lots of opportunities in our play-based setting to develop their understanding of sounds. They will learn to segment and blend to read consonant vowel consonant (CVC) words (e.g. cat) 


It is essential that your child practises phonics learned in our setting, as this will help them to develop a love of language at home. We also recommend that you share books, listen to sounds, and make and talk about sounds with your child, in addition to sharing and reciting nursery rhymes. 


Twinkl Phonics – Phase 1 


Twinkl phonics covers 7 aspects of phonics which are taught through games/activities in large and small groups.  


The 7 aspects are listed below: 


  • Environmental sounds 

  • Instrumental sounds 

  • Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping) 

  • Rhythm and rhyme 

  • Alliteration. 

  • Voice sounds. 

  • Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes 'dog') 


In the Summer Term, your child will also begin some activities from the Sounds-Write phonics programme in preparation for their reception year. 


Sounds- Write 


The Sounds-Write programme begins with the sounds in speech and moves from the sounds to the written language. It uses pure sounds to enable children to blend the sounds to read words effectively. Please see the video below showing the pronunciation of the first set of sounds we will be teaching your child in preschool/reception.   



Alex saying the sounds Sounds-Write Initial Code

Uploaded by Sounds-Write on 2017-08-29.

Book list


Below is a recommended book list for preschool children. These are books that will engage your child with reading by building their language and their sound knowledge through listening and are fun books to enjoy as a family at home. 


Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill 

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont 

Dogger by Shirley Hughes 

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson 

I Want My Potty! by Tony Ross 

Ten Little Fingers Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle 

Come on Daisy by Jane Simmons  

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 

Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd 

Hug by Jez Alborough 

Jaspers Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen 

The Train Ride by June Crebbin and Stephen Lambert 

You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart 


Many more book titles can be found here