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Synthetic Phonics: Brooklands School

This programme focuses on Brooklands School's systematic teaching of phonics, which has led to Ofsted commending its pupils for achieving outstanding progress in English.

The school currently follows the Jolly Phonics programme; each day the pupils are taught letter sounds in a dedicated twenty minute session. When a new phonic is introduced the children are given opportunities to practice and reinforce their learning in all areas of the curriculum.

 

Cracking the code

This programme looks at how Blue Gate Fields Infants School approaches teaching phonics in nursery, reception and Year 1, as part of their strategy for literacy.

The teachers reflect on the development of listening skills and use of phonological knowledge, and assess the place of phonics work within the context of their overall approach to literacy. Dr Rhona Stainthorp, of the Institute of Education, reviews recent academic research on decoding and reading.

 

Early Reading and Phonics

Langley Primary School in Oldbury has been identified by Sir Jim Rose as having excellent practice in phonics.

Teacher Helen Jones is teaching the reception and Year 1 class, using two techniques involving sound buttons and robot arms to help pronunciation. But is synthetic phonics just another fashion, and is there any evidence that it works?

Helen believes that it does work, but it can be complicated and she shares some useful tips for other teachers starting a synthetics phonics programme.

 

Talking Point: Phonics

A re-drafting of the government's literary strategy in 2007 is expected to order primary schools to adopt a system of "synthetic phonics" to teach children to read.

Under the system, sounds associated with letters or groups of letters must be learned before they can be combined into words.

Presenter Sheena McDonald is joined in this programme by experts and teachers, including:

  • Dr Dominic Wyse, lecturer in early years and primary education, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
  • Debbie Hepplewhite, primary teacher and a leading member of the Reading Reform Foundation
  • Katy Kowalska, early years teacher in Cambridgeshire
  • Ruth Miskin, phonics advocate and former primary head

 

Professional Knowledge: Early Reading

Theories on teaching children how to read are constantly evolving. Reporter Charlotte Hume visits primary schools in Birmingham and London, to find out about their approaches towards enhancing reading abilities.

She follows two six-year olds at each school, who have learnt to read in different ways. Esther is a good reader and has learnt through a phonics programme. Haseeb, however, is finding it harder and has been placed on an intervention programme called Reading Recovery.

Charlotte summarises current research in this area, and what approaches are working, in the continuing efforts to improve literacy standards in primary schools.

 
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