Still the biggest concern for many on initial teacher training courses is the acquisition of subject knowledge and the ability to translate that into effective teaching. This book addresses this - building on the core subject knowledge covered in the Achieving QTS series and relating it to classroom practice. It supports trainees in extending and deepening their knowledge of English and demonstrating how to apply it to planning and implementing lessons. Practical and up-to-date teaching examples are used to clearly contextualize subject knowledge. A clear focus on classroom practice helps trainees to build confidence and develop their own teaching strategies.

Teaching Phonics

Teaching phonics

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should have developed your understanding of:

  • what constitutes phonics teaching and its place in the literacy curriculum;
  • recent recommendations and direction of current phonics teaching;
  • subject knowledge for phonics teaching;
  • key approaches to phonics teaching.

Professional Standards for QTS



Few would deny that knowing the alphabetic patterns of English is an advantage for anyone wanting to read or write the language and should be an entitlement for all children. This is the role of phonics – to teach children to use the alphabetic patterning of English to read and spell. Phonics is not a subject in itself – it is a part of reading and writing. As teachers we aim to teach children to use the knowledge and skills of ...

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