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Willow Tree Primary School

“Inspiring Learners for Life”


The Willow Tree Why

Phonics can be defined as a body of knowledge and skills regarding how the alphabet works. This understanding is essential not only to read well but to bridge the gap between reading and writing.


With a good foundation of phonics knowledge, children can quickly become confident readers and independent solid writers. In addition, when children develop phonemic awareness, it dramatically enhances their reading fluency which is a reading “superpower”, allowing children to read with speed, accuracy and expression. Reading fluency dramatically enhances children’s’ ability to read with intonation and energy that translates into expressive writing skills.