Systematic synthetic phonics helps all students achieve reading growth
Learn how this systematic synthetic phonics program is making a positive difference in the lives of teachers and students in the Northern Territory.Learn how
What is phonics and why is it important?
The English written language is an alphabetic code. Letters (graphemes) are symbols that represent the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. Phonics is understanding the relationship between the sounds and the letter/s that represent them.
There are a number of different approaches to teaching phonics, all with varying levels of effectiveness. The evidence is clear, however, that systematic, synthetic phonics is the most effective approach.
Watch the video below to learn more about the teaching of phonics.
A synthetic phonics approach teaches beginner readers:
Such explicit instruction is particularly important for children who come from disadvantaged homes and communities, where oral language exposure in the pre-school years is significantly diminished when compared to children from more advantaged backgrounds (Buckingham, 2016).
Phonics alone is not sufficient, however. No serious reading scientist has ever claimed that it was.
Are you ready for the Phonics Screening Check?
The phonics whitepaper is a guide for schools to consider the evidence, reflect on current practices, and perform a simple self-audit in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check.Download now
What do teachers say about Oxford's phonics resources?
Oxford's range of Phonics resources
Which Phonics resources are right for me?
Our Phonics Selector is here to help you decide which resources are right for your school – simply answer a few simple questions to find out which resource best suits your teaching needs.