Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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We close for Easter on Wednesday 31st March and re open on Tuesday 21st April

Phonics & Writing

Synthetic phonics

Synthetic phonics is a way of teaching reading. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter ‘m’ sounds like ‘mmmm’ when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

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...

Read Write Inc Phonics


The school follows the Read Write Inc. structured phonics scheme which is designed to ensure all children learn to read accurately and fluently. 

For more information, watch the video and click on the link

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

Watch this parent video for more information

For more information and support visit our phonics tutorials page by clicking on the link below and visiting the phonics and writing page.


Children are taught to write the corresponding grapheme (letters) to the phoneme (sound) they are learning using a cursive style in line with our handwriting policy from the outset.  


Gunness and Burringham Handwriting Font