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Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools

Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools

Second Edition

June 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
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
Model answers to self-assessment questions

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

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

This has been a particularly useful text to support our early years teacher trainees, supporting them to understand the complexities of SSP in a user-friendly way.

Mrs Erica Evans
Faculty of Education, University of Brighton
August 16, 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

A useful text which will be used with EYITT students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 9, 2016

My students have found this book very useful as they have to understand phonics while working with the children in schools

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
June 7, 2016

appropriate reading material for BTEC literacy module

Ms alison mary stevenson
Early Years & Young People, North West Regional College
May 25, 2016

Students are very keen to use this when compiling their research on the core curricula

Mrs Ruth Livingstone
Higher Education, Macclesfield College
February 10, 2016

This book gives a good overview of the growth of synthetic phonics and is very clear as to what is involved. This will be particularly useful for T.As.

Ms carole Ann Smith
Education Department, Solihull College
September 28, 2015

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