Systematic phonics

Developmental sequence and progression

It is likely that some children would fail to benefit from approaches designed to teach phoneme sensitivity linked to letters (that is, synthetic phonics) if they do not possess the necessary phonological knowledge. The latter could be developed through oral language, songs, rhymes, riddles, word play in stories, and invented spelling. ‘I spy’, rhyming stories, nursery rhymes, tongue twisters and poems all have an important part to play, as well as games, activities and exercises.