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.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 246 x 171 x 6 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
I found the information on the pedagogy of phonics, especially teaching phonics in KS2, very useful. I enjoyed reading about how and why to teach phonics in KS2 as this is something which I think is overlooked in many other phonics books. Another positive point is that this book has activity ideas incorporated in the chapters. This really puts the information into perspective; it makes the ideas a lot more practical and classroom-ready. Many of the activities can be just slightly adapted by a class teacher and incorporated into several different phonics sessions. Many of the activities are new to me which was interesting to read. Assessment is also mentioned in some parts of the book. I found this helpful as sometimes the only type of phonics assessment mentioned is the Phonics Screening Test which mostly summative. The book, however, suggests formative assessment opportunities which is very insightful! I also own the first edition of this book - if you're wondering whether to buy this one, I would say it definitely is different and updated so would be beneficial if you're looking to keep up-to-date with phonics assessment, pedagogy and knowledge.
Jasmin, Teacher-- Jasmin Peppiatt * Amazon *