Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing in which words are broken up into their smallest units of sound or ‘phonemes’. Children learn to associate a written letter or group of letters, known as ‘graphemes’, with each phoneme. Sounds are then built up or ‘blended’ together into words for reading or, conversely, whole words are broken down or ‘segmented’ into their constituent sounds for writing.
At Emmanuel Holcombe we follow the Twinkl Phonics scheme of work.
At Emmanuel Holcombe we follow Rhino Readers as our early reading scheme. Rhino Readers are books which keep the focus on phonics, with clear progression and support for children’s early decoding skills as they move through each Phonic level. This ensures that our children only read the sounds and tricky words they’ve already learnt within their Phonic sessions.