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Teaching Synthetic Phonics

Teaching Synthetic Phonics

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Elementary English

136 pages | Learning Matters
Written for both in-service and trainee teachers, this title is a practical, up-to-date guide on how to teach children to read using synthetic phonics - the approach adopted in all schools in England from 2007. It describes several different approaches to systematic phonics teaching, together with the rapid progress in word recognition ability that can result. The book also includes case studies, advice on how to diagnose children's phonic skills, and how to locate and remediate their weaknesses. Further, it also provides guidance on how teaching assistants can support the work of the classroom teacher.
What is phonics and which type is the most effective?
Phoneme awareness: what is it and what is its role in learning to read?
How does reading develop?
An introduction to Letters and Sounds and how to teach synthetic phonics
How do I start to teach synthetic phonics?
Teaching a synthetic phonics lesson in Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds
Teaching Phases 3 to 6 of Letters and Sounds
How to assess and diagnose reading problems - a case study
Teachers' views of the synthetic phonics programme
Appendix 1: Phoneme Awareness Training Programme
Appendix 2: Score sheet to assess children's knowledge of the letters s a t p
Appendix 3: Score sheet to assess children's ability to sound and blend the letters s a t p
Appendix 4: Rules for where to split words into syllables
Appendix 5: Nonwords for testing sounding and blending in Phases 2 and 3

"Liked the good mix of practical advice and theoretical underpinning. Very up to date book by experts in this field" (Lecturer, Stranmills University College)

This introduces and explains how synthetic phonics can be used in a variety of settings in the classroom. Covers the topic in good detail and has some excellent examples.

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull Univ.
July 16, 2014

This is an excellent text and has become our key text on our Cumbria Teacher of Reading module.

Mrs Ceridwen Copping
Education, University of Cumbria
February 28, 2013

An excellent book, but proved to be too practical for learners who wanted more of an overview.

Mr Chris Briggs
Teac, South Essex College
November 14, 2012

A comprehensive overview of research and policy around phonics. There is a balance of practical advice that will be invaluable to teachers, in particular trainees, and a sound theoretical underpinning. The chapter on assessing children's phonics skills provides good advice for moving learning on.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Institute of Education, Worcester University
October 28, 2012

A useful book on phonics. We now have also purchased the ebook for the library.

Mr Susannah Smith
School of Education, Birmingham University
June 15, 2012

A supprtive text for those student teachers exploring the teaching of SSP.
I belive that this book is out of print though.

Mrs Catherine Carden
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 27, 2012

Synthetic phonics is still a highly relevant topic for trainee teachers (unfortunately, some would argue). This volume is not the best written work on phonics available. It's style is rather hectoring and complex. But it is probably closest to the 'official' line and for that reason, we include it on our reading lists.

Professor David Wray
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
December 21, 2011

Rhona Johnston

Rhona Johnston trained as a primary school teacher and worked as a learning support teacher for a number of years. She was then a lecturer in psychology at the University of St Andrews, a Reader at the University of Birmingham, and since 2001 has been a Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull. With Joyce Watson she devised a synthetic phonics programme which they showed in their study in Clackmannanshire was very much more effective than other types of phonics teaching. More About Author

Joyce Watson

Joyce Watson was an early years teacher for a number of years, and then a lecturer at the Northern College of Education, Dundee, for over 20 years. She is now a research fellow at the University of St Andrews. With Rhona Johnston she devised a synthetic phonics programme which they showed in their study in Clackmannanshire was very much more effective than other types of phonics teaching. More About Author

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