Synthetic Phonics

Questions about the efficacy of phonics

If you are not convinced that phonics works for everyone or feel that you have tried it and still some of your pupils struggle – here are answers to often held views about teaching to read with synthetic phonics.  Professor Pamela […]

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It’s time all teachers had a good grasp of synthetic phonics

Five years after the introduction of synthetic phonics into classrooms, it is time that teachers made it their business to have a good understanding of synthetic phonics and what science tells us about effective ways to teach reading. Read this short […]

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Should we teach tricky words as ‘sight words’?

The new year has started and children are sent home to learn to read and spell tricky words by sight, that is by the shape of the word.  Does this make sense if they are learning to read with Synthetic […]

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Reading strategies – what not to do

Here is a list of strategies that do not help children become fluent, independent readers and spellers. http://www.dyslexics.org.uk/what_not_to_do.htm Thanks Susan Godsland of www.dyslecix.org.uk for this post.  

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Why we need to teach letter sounds first

Many children come to their first year of school knowing their letters names.  This is because nursery schools and parents teach the ABC song.   They enter Reception and the teacher introduces the letter sounds alongside the letter names.  For many this […]

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Multi-tasking makes you stupid

Here is an interesting post from Spelfabet that explain how looking for lots of reading cues distracts from decoding. Attention during learning

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Everything you need to know about the Phonics Check

If you have questions about the validity of the Y1 Phonics check and its purpose – look no further. Click here: http://www.dyslexics.org.uk/assessments.htm

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Phonics – is there much evidence?

For those who have questions about the evidence that phonics works.

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Why we use the Phonics Screening Check

Why is a school in Australia choosing to use the Year 1 Phonics Check?

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The ill-conceived idea of ‘regular and ‘irregular’ spelling | John

Source: The ill-conceived idea of ‘regular and ‘irregular’ spelling | John

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