Teaching phonics - the basics


ICT can be effectively used to support and encourage reading. This includes things such as phonic games on the computer, electronic Big Books, writing books based on digital photographs that children add captions to and so on.

There are many everyday uses of ICT that support literacy. For example, when the children enter the classroom in the morning and sit on the carpet, the computer could run a programme that runs the words ‘Hello Thomas, Hello James, Hello Brigid….’ (through all the names of the class) along the bottom of the interactive whiteboard. As they settle down they look out for their name and their friends’ names. As the year progresses the message becomes longer – ‘Good morning’ or ‘How are you today?’ The children are thrilled when a new message appears and read it with great excitement.