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Synthetic Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing phonetically and used in our school for the learning of these skills in English, following the guidelines laid out by the UK Government after years of research into how to improve these skills among their own children.
Systematic Synthetic Phonics teaching is a multisensory method which includes movement, music and games, making learning attractive and fun for the child. Each of the phonemes is related to a picture, a gesture and a song, which help children identify the different graphemes very easily, and at the same time pronounce them correctly.
This method is implemented in classes of Pre-School and the first two years of Primary using Jolly Phonics, and continues in the rest of Primary using Phonics International.
The staff who teach Systematic Synthetic Phonics are native English speakers and have received specialized training in the method from experts in the UK – Sue Lloyd and Debbie Hepplewhite.
Our curricular objective in Pre-School is that all our students will move on to Primary being able to read both in Spanish and English thanks to our phonetical method of bilingual reading and writing.
Curricular contents in our School are taught in both languages; for this reason, our school takes special care of multisensory integration of phonemes throughout the first years by means of a supporting program of reading and writing in English, with the aim of enabling the children to gain similar fluency in both languages.
Exposing children from a very early age to two different codes with both languages has led the team of teachers to design joint projects in both languages, obtaining a positive synergy from the phonetic learning of both languages.
Both processes of reading and writing are subject to periodical evaluation by the team of teachers, in order to continually find new paths that will encourage our students to internalise the language from increasingly earlier ages.
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