Teaching Phonics – the theory behind the fun.
Teaching Phonics Stars ™ classes brings tried and tested academic theory to life so that Children learn without knowing they are learning.
Phonics (aka synthetic phonics) is a process designed for teaching, reading and writing the English language. Teaching phonics incorporates the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes in order to explain the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling methods that represent them. Thereafter, learners become able to blend the sounds and spellings.
This process is used widely for teaching language development in English speaking nations. In the UK a report by the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee called for a review of teaching phonics in the National Curriculum. The review, headed by the former Director of Ofsted, concluded that it should be the method of choice for teaching reading in primary schools in England.
For more information click here to see what Mumsnet have to say on the subject, here to read the UK Government’s guidance to teachers, here to read a positive press report and here to read a piece critically comparing it to another approach to teaching reading.
Or, bearing in mind that our classes are about much more than just reading and writing you can click here to see what Phonics Stars™ Parents and Carers have to say!