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