What is Synthetic Phonics?
•How sounds are represented by letters
•How to decode letters to say sounds
•How to blend (synthesise) sounds to read words
Children are systematically taught:
•to read words by blending sounds
•to spell by identifying sounds in words
(segmenting spoken words)
•to form letters
This is called 'segmenting' the sounds in a word.
When the sounds are read together, it is called 'blending'.
At the end of Year 1, all children must participate in the Government's 'Phonics Screening Check'. This is to see if they are working at, or towards, the required national standard in terms of phonics skills.