Phonics is one method of teaching children how to read and write.
Phonics is all about sounds. There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words. Some are represented by one letter, like 't', and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck and 'air' in chair. Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match them to letters, and finally how to use the letter sounds for reading and spelling.
Synthetic phonics refers to 'synthesising' or blending the sounds to read words. It is based on the idea that children should sound out unknown words and not rely on their context.
At Ashurst Wood we use a scheme called 'Bug Club' to support the teaching of synthetic phonics. The children revise learnt sounds and are taught a new sound every day. This is done through carefully planned lessons using an interactive approach where all children are engaged in the lesson.
Reading at home is one of the most important ways you can support your child. Here are some ways you can help.
Try to create a relaxed reading atmosphere. Establish a regular time and place to read and ensure the surroundings are as calm as possible. If your child doesn't feel like reading, offer to read to them instead. Be positive about reading!