There is a considerable body of evidence which demonstrates that systematic synthetic phonics is the most effective method for teaching children to read. Phonics teaches children how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make, and blend these sounds together to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to decode new words that they see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
When phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds, progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
Phonic knowledge helps children to decode new and unfamiliar words through segmenting and blending as the prime approach. At TPS, children are taught phonics as a whole class and are assessed regularly – this helps us to identify children who need extra support for decoding and intervention is provided for these children so they can catch up.
Each year, we hold phonics workshops for parents. Keep a look out for information on these workshops in our newsletters and in the parents ‘workshop’ section of our website.