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.
Oxford-levelled books have helped millions of students all over the world learn to read and to love
At Oxford, we use an expertly developed and well-established system for levelling our books, which has been used to develop many of our popular and well-loved series including Project X and Oxford Reading Tree.
We’ve finely graded our books so you can accurately match children to the right book. With the help of expert authors our levelled books hook children of different ages into reading, capture their imaginations, and make them think.
Letters and Sounds phonics sequence
Oxford's phonics resources (excluding Read Write Inc.) are aligned with the Letters and Sounds phonics sequence. This supportive phonics framework ensures that each series is accessible to all students.
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