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Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools

Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools

Fourth Edition

May 2022 | 392 pages | Learning Matters
The government prioritises systematic synthetic phonics as a key strategy in the teaching of reading. This core text is a guide to teaching systematic synthetic phonics in primary schools.

The book's balance of research and practice and its focused approach enables trainee teachers to develop an in-depth understanding of what works in phonics teaching, and why.

It begins with the subject knowledge that underpins effective teaching and goes on to explore pedagogy from the early years to Key Stage 2. It includes guidance on systematic progression, intervention and multi-sensory and interactive methods.

This 4th edition has been comprehensively updated and includes further detailed discussion of the role of phonics in the teaching of reading. A new section 'Challenges in learning and teaching phonics' is added, supporting new teachers to meet the individual needs of all children.

Section 1: Subject knowledge for teachers
1. The place of phonics in the teaching of reading
2. Discriminating sounds and phonemes
3. Grapheme–phoneme correspondences and ‘tricky’ or common exception words
4. Decoding and encoding text
5. Long vowel digraphs – the advanced alphabetic code
6. Phonics into spelling
Section 2: Effective pedagogy
7. Teaching phonics in the early years
8. Multi-sensory and interactive methods
9. Teaching a systematic structured progression
10. Planning for phonics
11. Tracking and assessing pupils’ learning and effective intervention
12. Teaching phonics in Key Stage 2
13. Using a range of programmes and resources
14. Using technology to support the teaching of phonics
Section 3: Challenges: in learning and teaching phonics
15. Challenges for teachers, parents and pupils
16. Teaching and learning phonics for pupils with individual needs

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