Phonics in the uk: An elucidation of examples from the toolkit and how they may be implemented in practice
When phonics is taught in a structured way; this means starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex, it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.
Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills needed to tackle new words. Following this, they can read a variety of texts fluently and confidently and read for enjoyment.
Children who have been taught phonics tend to read more accurately than those taught using other methods, for instance ‘look and say’. (Department for Education, 2013) Validated systematic synthetic phonics programmes (DfE, 2021).