It's the same thing with reading. Like driving, reading is a complex skill. It has to be taught from the bottom up, from the simple parts to the complex whole. In order for a person to become an expert reader, a good speller and writer, s/he has to be 'good' at it. In order to be 'good', s/he has to be competent. Competency stems from practice(repetition). Children have to practice reading, spelling, writing everyday to obtain mastery.
So my advice to Year 1 English teachers to teach phonics everyday. Please DON'T teach reading once a week. If you do so, then your pupils will be facing READING FAILURE!
Bear in mind, whether a child becomes an expert reader depends upon:
- the teaching method(synthetic phonics , please)
- the teacher's skill in teaching(hope BPK has trained you well)
- parental support(definitely not in rural areas)
- the child's motivation and talent
- the number of lessons & hours of practice
- use synthetic phonics.
- train our teachers thoroughly in reading instruction.
- teach reading(blending, segmenting) everyday for half an hour.