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Phonics Fox

In year one we are using Anima Phonics to help us learn our sounds. There are songs and actions for each sound.











In Anima Phonics Tricky words (words which cannot be sounded out) are called rainbow words.


Rainbow words cannot be sounded out and are read 'on sight'. Children are taught these words weekly and these words are extremely important in helping your child to read.  Children are also taught how to spell them and use them in their writing.


Children have a list of the rainbow words and words that can be decoded in their blue reading record book. A good tip to help your child learn these words is through fun games. Try hiding the words around the home or hunt for them in their reading books or when sharing a book together.  You could purchase some magnetic letters to create  words on the fridge and your child can practise reading them. Playing games with the sounds your child is learning will help them to remember these such as pairs or snap and looking for words containing a certain sound in a book e.g. ai rain, train.

Phonics Support Websites

Suggested phonics websites to support parents

Anima Phonics - Sound board 

Phonics Play  

Please use this link to find valuable games to support your child with continuing their phonics learning.

Oxford Owl - Phonics made easy.




Phonics and Reading Workshop 2023