What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, as well as digraphs and trigraphs (the sounds that different combinations of letters make, such as 'ee' or 'oo'). The children are taught to blend these sounds together to read words. This knowledge helps them to decode words that they read. 
Phonics at Orchards.
We currently use 'Storytime Phonics' to teach phonics to our children at Orchards. We read stories that link to new phase 2, 3 and 5 phonics sounds, which gives context behind the sounds learnt, as well as promoting a love of reading and sharing stories. 
Storytime Phonics is based on Letters and Sounds and takes children on a multi-sensory journey where learning phonics has a real purpose and links to children's developing love of stories.