A survey of more than 1,000 teachers and literacy specialists at primary schools found that 72% agreed the phonics check was useful for identifying children who were struggling. But only 60% of schools said they taught synthetic phonics first and foremost, with other schools saying they used a combination of techniques.
The benefits of teaching using the synthetic phonics approach has been demonstrated in the recent study conducted by the educational psychologist Marlynne Grant, which cited the example of a seven-year-old boy able to read and spell to the level of a 13-year-old. We've mentioned this study in previous posts, and you can read more here.
We've made our phonics Ebooks available to schools, which means all students can access the series of 20 Ebooks on tablets, smartphones and desktops. Teaching phonics has never been easier, and there are plenty of fun phonics activities you can incorporate into your lesson plan; including our own 'make your own song' feature.
Another phonics activity (which is a good one for older learners) is to give the students key sounds from their phonics phase. Using magazines and newspapers, ask them to find words that contain their given sounds, and to cut them out and collect them to stick on a worksheet. You can try a demo of our phonics program here.