Some teachers claim that teaching children to read non words (nonsense words), as they appear in the Y1 phonics check, is a waste of time.
But, actually, getting children comfortable with reading non words is really useful. When they decode multi-syllabic words they often need to read syllables that initially don’t make sense. They need to hold on to these meaningless syllables until they blend them into a recognisable word.
A random look at the dictionary under the letter ‘t’ reveals numerous examples:
tur – bu – lent
So teaching children to read non words is ac-tu-a-lly ve-ry be- ne- fi- cial!