Synthetic phonics breaks words up into the smallest units of sound (phonemes), rather than chunking words into onsets and rimes, as in analytic phonics.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about synthetic phonics.

lesley clarkeI am a literacy consultant (specialising in the teaching of phonics and guided reading). I have been a class teacher for over 25 years and only left the classroom at the beginning of 2020. For several years I was also the phonics lecturer on the PGCE course at Brunel University.  These varied roles have combined to give me a wonderful insight into what does and doesn’t work in developing children’s phonic knowledge and skills, as well as the support and resources practitioners, student teachers and parents are looking for.