At Shadsworth Infant School we are passionate about ensuring all children rapidly build phonic skills and confidence to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is of high priority throughout EYFS and KS1. Strong phonic skills in combination with a range of word recognition, context and grammatical knowledge, build good comprehension skills and confident readers.