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 part time Y1 class teacher and part time literacy consultant (specialising in the teaching of phonics and guided reading). I am also the phonics lecturer on the PGCE course at Brunel University.  These roles combine 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.