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The Downley School

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We know that lots of you are unsure of how to teach phonics and have worries about your children retaining lots of the sounds they have learned in class. We are here to save the day, with lots of resources to help you!

Children learn in lots of different ways, so are offering many different ways for your children to access the phonics learning. 

We have recently discovered that 'Letters and Sounds' a phonics scheme we follow in school, have been uploading Phonics 'lessons' onto youtube. These will provide ample opportunity for the children to have the sounds reminded to them. It is also useful to see the different sounds some letters can make (which can be very confusing, even for us!). 

Letters and Sounds for Home and School - YouTube

Letters and Sounds introductory video for our Reception lessons. Watch to find out what we teach in these lessons and what stage of your child's Phonics learning they are most suitable for.

There is a brilliant website called Phonics Play that contains lots of interactive games for you to play with your children. The site is currently free to sign up to and provides lots of opportunities for active learning to support your child's reading. 


A site packed with interactive phonics games, phonics planning, assessment ideas and many teaching ideas and resources to help children to learn to hear phonemes, recognise graphemes and develop the blending and segmenting skills that are vital for learning to read and spell.

Teach Your Monster To Read is a great computer game that enables children to practise their phonics sounds whilst building their own monster. The game built from simple letter recognition to reading sentences, providing challenge and support. It is very engaging and motivating for even the most resistance of reader. The game is free to use on a computer or can be downloaded as an app onto any smartphone or tablet. 

Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics & Reading Game

The groundbreaking game that makes learning to read fun • Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. • Designed in collaboration with leading academics. • Complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools. • Computer version is 100% free.

We have also attached a folder that contains spelling mats, activity packs and word mats. These are to be built into your child's learning however you see suitable. 

By providing an array of support, we hope that you find best fit for your child. If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know.