Phonics faux pas

29th June 2007 at 01:00
Your article on phonics (TES, June 22) states that phase two of Letters and Sounds "teaches basic consonants". It would not be a good phonics programme if it taught only consonants for the first six weeks, which is about how long phase two should last. Phase two teaches not only consonants (one sound for each) but also all five vowel letters (one sound for each). The programme thus enables children to start reading and spelling simple words phonically from the first week - a key feature of good phonics programmes.

Jennifer Chew

Egham,

Surrey

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