Phonics is more successful when teachers fully understand what, why and how they are teaching. We know that success, and enjoyment, is less likely when teachers simply 'deliver' lessons. We also know that teachers are individuals, with different teaching styles and preferences.
We want you to follow the guidance for Rocket Phonics but, importantly, we also want you to take ownership of it and to enjoy it. The following advice can be adapted to suit the needs of your school and your children:
There are some fundamental concepts that cannot be compromised on if you want to be successful with phonics. These are essentials, and you'll find they are a common thread across other high quality systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes, research studies and expert guidance. They are central to the pedagogy behind the Rocket Phonics programme.
Approximately 15% of the pupils in your setting could have an identified special educational need and/or disability (SEND). In order to effectively meet the needs of every pupil in your setting, you might want to adapt your teaching approach and the materials you use.
It is crucial to know your pupils well and treat them as individuals in order to fully meet their needs. This means that we cannot generalise when recommending adaptations to approaches or materials. We can merely make suggestions for you to consider in the context of knowing each pupil.
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