Pip's Phonics is based on the synthetic phonics used in English-speaking countries to teach children the basic skills of reading and writing. The process teaches children the relationship between letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes) for reading, spelling and writing. The word 'synthetic' refers to the process of identifying, sounding out and then synthesising or blending the sounds in a word from left to right in order to read it. This enables learners to decode print to speech.
[show more]nglish speech, there are 44 phonemes but only 26 letters in the alphabet to represent these sounds in writing. Unlike most languages, English uses many alternative spellings for a sound as well as many letters which may be pronounced in more than one way. Pip's Phonics ensures that children become familiarised with some of these associations, rules and anomalies in order to crack the code for speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Letters and sounds are not taught from A to Z. In synthetic phonics, it is instead crucial that a sequence of letters and sounds is taught in an order that quickly allows learners to use their phonic knowledge and skills to read and write. In Pip's Phonics, we begin by teaching 's', 'i' and 't' followed by 'p', 'a' and 'n' so that many simple consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words may be read at an early stage.