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Course Description

Systematic Synthetic Phonics has been identified in Australia and other English-speaking countries as the most successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling.

This part-to-whole approach involves ‘breaking’ words into separate phonemes which can then be blended together to read or spell a written word.

In December 2005, DEST published the results of its National Inquiry Into the Teaching of Literacy. It determined that if synthetic phonics was taught first, “the combined effects” of phonics instruction and whole language instruction was significantly more effective than phonics instruction on its own.

Sadly, six years later, many teachers do not know what synthetic phonics is and work in schools where there is nothing systematic about the way in which phonics is taught

This course provides participants with an opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction.


Early childhood and primary teachers

Teaching Standards

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies: Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Welcome

    • Welcome to Reading and Spelling Gains with Systematic Synthetic Phonics

    • Course objectives

    • My Experience of Reading and Spelling

    • Task: My Experiences with Reading and Spelling Instruction. I remember...

  • 2

    Module 2: Phonics Instruction at our School

    • The Place of Phonics

    • Analytical and Synthetic Phonics

    • Changes to Phonics in the Australian Curriculum

    • The Year One Phonics Check - OPTIONAL - Target audience Early Childhood Teachers

    • MODULE 2 Downloadable Summary - OPTIONAL

  • 3

    Module 3: Synthetic Phonics - The Research

    • Research Timeline

    • Reading Research

    • The Clackmannanshire Study

    • Task: Evaluating the Importance of Synthetic Phonics Instruction

    • MODULE 3 Downloadable Summary - OPTIONAL

  • 4

    Module 4: Principles and Structure of Synthetic Phonics Instruction

    • Principles of Synthetic Phonics Instruction

    • PDF: Principles of Synthetic Phonics Instruction

    • Task: Changes we could make to our Literacy Instruction

    • High Frequency Words Phonically Sorted

    • Structure of a Synthetic Phonics Lesson

    • Should we use Levelled or Decodable Readers? (Optional)

    • Optional Task: A book I send home...

    • MODULE 4 Downloadable Summary OPTIONAL

  • 5

    Module 5: The Design and Implementation of Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programs

    • Letters and Sounds

    • Get Reading Right

    • Where to Start

    • Task: Exploring Resources from Letter and Sounds OR Get Reading Right

    • Comparing Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programs

    • MODULE 5 Downloadable Summary OPTIONAL

  • 6

    Module 6: Multisensory Activities and Resources for Teaching Synthetic Phonics

    • Multisensory Activities and Games

    • Task: Exploring Additional Resources

    • Program Linked Resources

    • Electronic Games

    • Decodable Readers

    • Catering for Older Students - OPTIONAL Target audience Upper Primary/Secondary

    • MODULE 6 Downloadable Summary OPTIONAL

  • 7

    Module 7: The Place of Synthetic Phonics in my Literacy Program

    • Changes to Practice - Tasks

    • PDF of Course Resources and References OPTIONAL DOWNLOAD

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Reading and Spelling Gains with Systematic Synthetic Phonics will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Shirley Houston

Shirley Houston

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She travel, reading and music.

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