Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Bookwings Tutorials

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read. Phonics works by breaking words down into it's individual sounds. There are 44 different sounds in the English language. Learning to read with phonics is a bit like learning a code. After learning just a few sounds, you will be able to use this code to read 100s of words. The more sounds you know, the more words you will be able to work out how to read. At Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, we use Bookwings Phonics, which introduces each phonic sound through a high quality book. This scheme has been built specifically for Oasis Academies, as reading is one of the golden threads of our curriculum. We want all children to develop a real love of reading and Bookwings is a fantastic way to do this. 

Each day the “Phonic Fairy” will leave a delivery – this includes a new sound for the children to learn, a new book which links to the new sound and often a variety of fun resources for the children to explore too. 

To support you with these at home, we have created a sheet with all of the phrases for each sound as well as some videos.

When children have learnt a new sound at school, a practice video will be shared that day. The video will help children practice saying the sound, writing the sound and reading it in words and sentences

Phase 2 Sounds The sound aThe sound dThe sound  eThe sound gThe sound iThe sound kThe sound nThe sound pThe sound sThe sound ssThe sound tThe sound u


Phase 3 Sounds 

The sound ai

The sound air

The sound ar

The sound ch

The sound ear

The sound ee

The sound er

The sound igh

The sound j

The sound ng

The sound oa

The sound oi

The sound oo (long sound)

The sound oo (short sound)

The sound or 

The sound ow

The sound qu

The sound sh

The sound ur

The sound ure

The sound v

The sound w

The sound x

The sound y

The sound z

Tricky WordsAlthough the children are learning a variety of sounds, there are some words that cannot be decoded. At school, we use Professor Lexicon to help us practice these words – he is a grumpy wizard who thinks he knows all of the words and can trick the children by giving them words they won’t be able to read – but with lots of practice we always out-smart him!

What can you do at home?

  • Talk
  • Sing
  • Play listening games
  • Go for listening walks
  • Play with musical instruments
  • Play guess the sound
  • Read at least 4 times a week and record in your child’s reading record
  • Watch the daily practice videos
  • Practice writing each sound and progress into words when ready