Systematic Synthetic Phonics

What is Systematic Synthetic Phonics?

In systematic synthetic phonics, children are taught the letters and sounds in the English language—or the ‘alphabetic code’. For reading, we start simply, teaching one sound for every letter and children learn to decode or ‘get the words’ off the page, by saying the sounds and blending them together to form words.

Explicit teaching of alphabetic decoding skills is helpful for all children, harmful for none, and crucial for some.

Professor Catherine Snow & Emeritus Professor Connie Juel

Can you read this?

Read the word below:

atelerix albiventris

Did you sound it out? Phonics isn’t just for children; phonics is forever! Adults use it all the time in daily life too to read longer or unfamiliar words and to spell. The real advantage of synthetic phonics is that it enables children to read any new word they come across, allowing them to add new words to their vocabulary and become confident, independent readers.

Reading, Spelling and Writing

Furthermore, the same alphabetic code knowledge that is used for reading, is used for spelling too. So children learn to read, write and spell all at the same time in a process that’s efficient and logical.

It also means that children don’t need to remember lots of different or confusing ‘strategies’. Phonics ‘all-the-way-through-the-word’ for reading and spelling is simple and effective.

Download this handy Alphabetic Code Chart for more information. It’s like the times tables but for English!

Mini Alphabetic Code Chart with Pictures
Alphabetic Code Chart Sample © Phonics International

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