What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to: recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes; identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make
- such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.
Children who have been taught phonics also tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, such as ‘look and say’.
Phonics at Muriel Green
Muriel Green have chosen to follow Oxford Reading Tree (ORT), Floppy Phonics programme. The ORT Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters systematic synthetic phonics programme provides the structure and resources needed to deliver really effective synthetic phonics teaching for all children – as well as enriching their vocabulary and language comprehension.
The resources include hundreds of fabulous full-colour illustrations with masses of potential to develop language comprehension skills – essential for young learners and learners who not only need to learn how to read, spell and write in English but who are also learning to speak the English language as a new language!
The Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively for reading, spelling and handwriting:
- Systematic and structured with inbuilt rigorous revision to ensure the success of every child
- Includes the characters of Floppy the dog, Biff, Chip and Kipper and their family and friends, with hundreds of colour pictures to engage children fully for the phonics teaching & learning, vocabulary enrichment and language comprehension
- Rigorous teaching sequence ensuring the phonics teaching & learning is straightforward, effective and allows for differentiation in simple, but effective, ways
- Builds up knowledge of spelling word banks over time where words are spelt with the same letter/s-sound correspondences
- Designed to inform parents/carers routinely and to work in partnership with them wherever possible
- The order of introducing the 44 sounds of the English language matches the order in ‘Letters and Sounds’ (DfES, 2007)