Why is Phonics Important?

Why is Phonics Important?

January 18, 2019 9:07 pm

Sports Update

It has been a chilly week but this did not prevent our netball team from being triumphant once again. Well done to our Year 6 netball team for winning their second match today. The girls scored 4:0.

Community Spirit

Joan’s Coffee Shop has opened once again on a Friday morning. It was wonderful welcoming all the community. The community spirit continued through the afternoon, where our New to English Homework Club for parents and children was in full swing.

VIP Lunch

One of our delightful pupils won a VIP lunch and chose two friends to share her treat with. We truly are blessed to have such caring pupils in our school.

Why is Phonics so important in teaching your child to read?

I would like to thank all our Reception families who attended the Phonics learning workshop this week. Ewe all want our children to learn how to read efficiently. After all, the ability to read has truly become a necessity to survive and thrive in society today. It has been proven that using phonics for children is the best way for a child to learn to read.

There are 44 phonic sounds in the English language and we need to introduce all of these sounds to our children. It is all about sounding out words. As soon as the first 4 sounds have been learned, your children can then begin to read.

Your children will need to memorise a series of phonics rules and then apply these rules when confronted with new words that need sounding out. For example your child will need to learn when a silent “e” is present in a word.

After a while your children will learn all of the phonics sounds and it will become automatic to them. They will be able to see the letters in a word and be able to say the sounds straight away. Once your children know all of the phonic sounds they will be able to read proficiently.

If you want your children to be fluent readers, then phonics is the best way to do this. Not only do we want our children to read fluently but we want them to be able to read accurately too.

The Role Of Synthetic Phonics

 Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching children to read that virtually ensures that children can learn to read quickly and proficiently. Your children will be taught the corresponding similarities between phonemes (sounds) and letters. At Eastfield we use a phonics programme called Letters and Sounds.

Your children will be able to identify and blend the different letter sounds and the combinations of letters together to complete a word. The letters are synthesized. As an example your children would pronounce each phoneme in “cat” /c/, /a/ and /t/ and then blend them to produce the word.

These are the first crucial steps for your children to take when learning to read. Once they have mastered phonics they will be able to spell most of the new words that they hear. By using a systematic synthetic phonics approach almost all children will become independent and confident readers quickly.

Your children will move away from mechanically identifying and blending the letter sounds (known as decoding) and begin to read fluently even when they are confronted with words they have never seen or heard before.

Thank you once again for attending. Have a wonderful weekend.

The Author: Christalla Jamil

Christalla Jamil

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