Top 6 FAQ: Synthetic Phonics

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  1. What is it?
    Synthetic phonics is an approach to teaching reading which seeks to consolidate letter sounds first, before blending these sounds together to achieve full pronunciation of whole words.
    Examples include:

    s (as in ‘sun’)
    mm (as in ‘comma’)
    ai (as in ‘brain’)
    rh (as in ‘rhyme’)
    dge (as in ‘bridge’)
    eigh (as in ‘weigh’)

    ough (as in ‘dough’)
    aa
  2. What are the potential benefits?
    a)
    This method demands explicit, discrete teaching of each individual sound within the English alphabetic code; not just the 26 letters, but the 45(ish) sounds – (additions include extras such as: oi, or, er) and 150+ spellings (e.g. r, rr, rh, wr). Synthetic Phonics provides a comprehensive toolkit for readers of all abilities, to be able to decode unfamiliar words rather than trying to teach endless individual words or to pick up clues around the word, which can often lead to multiple errors or…

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