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Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools

Second Edition


May 2015 | 232 pages | Learning Matters

Systematic synthetic phonics is a key strategy in the teaching of reading. This text supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS in how to use phonics effectively.  It explores 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. The book includes a review of different popular phonics programmes, set against the DfE (2011) criteria for high-quality phonics teaching.

This second edition has been updated in line with the new National Curriculum, includes new guidance on the Year 1 phonics screening check and new lessons ideas and practical guidance for teaching phonics.

 
Section 1: Subject knowledge for teachers
 
Discriminating sounds and phonemes
 
Challenges
 
Grapheme–phoneme correspondences and ‘tricky’ or common exception words
 
Decoding and encoding text
 
Long vowel digraphs – the advanced alphabetic code
 
Phonics into spelling
 
Section 2: Effective pedagogy
 
Teaching phonics in the early years
 
Multi-sensory and interactive methods
 
Teaching a systematic structured progression
 
Planning for phonics
 
Tracking and assessing pupils’ learning and effective intervention
 
Teaching phonics in Key Stage 2
 
Using a range of programmes and resources
 
Conclusion
 
Glossary
 
Model answers to self-assessment questions
 
Index

I found the information on the pedagogy of phonics, especially teaching phonics in KS2, very useful. I enjoyed reading about how and why to teach phonics in KS2 as this is something which I think is overlooked in many other phonics books.   Another positive point is that this book has activity ideas incorporated in the chapters. This really puts the information into perspective; it makes the ideas a lot more practical and classroom-ready. Many of the activities can be just slightly adapted by a class teacher and incorporated into several different phonics sessions. Many of the activities are new to me which was interesting to read.   Assessment is also mentioned in some parts of the book. I found this helpful as sometimes the only type of phonics assessment mentioned is the Phonics Screening Test which mostly summative. The book, however, suggests formative assessment opportunities which is very insightful!   I also own the first edition of this book – if you’re wondering whether to buy this one, I would say it definitely is different and updated so would be beneficial if you’re looking to keep up-to-date with phonics assessment, pedagogy and knowledge.  

Jasmin, Teacher

Jasmin Peppiatt
Teacher
Amazon

A clear and concise text which helps develop teachers' understanding of the principles and processes of SSP.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Primary, University of Worcester
September 13, 2016

This is a very relevant and comprehensive guide to the teaching of phonics. It clearly presents the rationale behind systematic, synthetic phonics and guides the student to a clear understanding of how and what to teach. The authors provide a good balance of academic theory and practical application. It is also helpful that well known schemes are introduced and considered. A well considered book that has filled a gap in the market.

Anne Bradley
School Of Education & Professional Dev, University Of Saint Mark And Saint John
September 12, 2016

Really useful book for trainee teachers with equal emphasis on subject knowledge and pedagogy behind phonics teaching.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
Education , Kingston University
October 6, 2016

Supports trainees on the programme in understanding the concept of phonics

Mrs Louise Elaine Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
June 29, 2016

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