Tips for successful phonic teaching

Jo Ramsden gives tips for successful phonic teaching.

Phonics is a highly effective method we can use to teach children to read and write. Instead of just learning the 26 letters of the alphabet, the children are taught 42 sounds of English.

The children are taught to identify individual sounds (phonemes) in oral language, then they learn the way these sounds are represented by letters (graphemes). If we teach the 42 sounds to the children one by one, we can provide the children with the tools to begin to read and write on their own. Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read words and segment them for spelling.

Once the first sounds have been taught, children are introduced to the idea that sounds can be represented by more than one letter (i as in tiger, ie as in pie, igh as in night) and that sounds can be written in different ways. A systematic approach can facilitate the children’s progress towards independent reading and writing.

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Phonics flashcards: Group 1 sounds

Phonics flashcards: Group 1 sounds

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Phonics flashcards: Group 2 sounds

Phonics flashcards: Group 2 sounds

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Phonics flashcards: Group 3 sounds

Phonics flashcards: Group 3 sounds

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