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What is synthetic phonics?

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In the English Language there are more than 1,000,000 words
but within these words there are only 44 sounds.

Every word is made up of individual sounds called phonemes, if children can learn how to say these phonemes correctly and join them together, then learning to read becomes a simple process for a young learner.

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Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes

/a/ as in ant
/i/ as in tin
/m/ as in Mr. Tim (mmm, not ‘muh)

Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as

/sh/ (ship)
/oo/ (spoon)
/ng/ (bang).

Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word

sh – i – p = ship
s – p – oo – n = spoon
b – a – ng = bang
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Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’
new words that they hear or see. This is the first
important step in learning to read.
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In the English Language there are more than 1,000,000 words but within these words there are only 44 sounds.

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Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:

Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes

/a/ as in ant
/i/ as in tin
/m/ as in Mr. Tim (mmm, not ‘muh)

Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make – such as

/sh/ (ship)
/oo/ (spoon)
/ng/ (bang).

Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word

sh – i – p = ship
s – p – oo – n = spoon
b – a – ng = bang
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Children can then ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
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Why phonics?
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Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 4 to 7.

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Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.

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Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’. This includes children who find learning to read difficult, for a variety of reasons.

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Synthetic phonics is both fast and effective; Letters are introduced quickly (two sound per week for most classes)

Week 1: s, a
Week 2: t, p
Week 3: i, n

How many words can you make with these letters: s, a, t, p, i, n ?

sat tap tin pan

nap sap tip pat

pin nip sip tan

pit nit ant

So, in only

3 weeks
of teaching
children can read
write 15 words!

Still unsure? Go to our Courses page and see for real how fast and effective
Mr. Tim’s phonics programmes really are.

Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.

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Phonics is particularly helpful for children aged 4 to 7.

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Children who receive quality phonics teaching are able to read texts for enjoyment both fluently and confidently.

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Children who have been taught quality phonics read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’.

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Children who find learning to read difficult, respond best to phonics.

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Synthetic phonics is fast and effective; Letters are introduced quickly

Week 1:s, a
Week 2: t, p
Week 3: i, n

How many words can be made with these 6 letters?

s, a, t, p, i, n ?

sat tap tin pan

nap sap tip pat

pin nip sip tan

pit nit ant

In only 3 weeks of teaching children can read and write 15 words!

Go to our Courses page to see for real how fast and effective Mr. Tim’s phonics programmes really are.