At Springhead, we believe that good readers, those that establish strong connections between print and meaning, starts with our children establishing links between print and sound. For us, this is non-negotiable, because it is how our alphabetic writing system works. Some would say that children learn to read in the same way that they learn to speak and understand, but reading is not like spoken language.
There has been a huge shift in the past few years in how we teach reading in UK schools. This is having a big impact in helping children to read and spell. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that all children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as 'Guiding Reading' and whole class shared reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.