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UKLA Viewpoints: Early reading and phonics

UKLA believes that phonics alone will not make successful readers; children need to develop a range of strategies to make sense of what they read.

Successful reading teaching:

  • uses a balance of phonics and meaning-focused approaches
  • creates high levels of engagement and pleasure in reading
  • develops children’s understanding of texts
  • plays with language, stories and rhymes
  • gives children plenty of experience of putting texts to use
  • respects the experiences of language and literacy that children bring to school
  • helps children to recognise themselves and their experiences in what they read.

You can download the full UKLA Viewpoint on Early reading and phonics to the right of this page.