There is a change ahead for new entrants when it comes to learning to read at school.

At the moment many school books have stories where children learn to read by looking at pictures and context, rather than a phonics-based approach where they sound out the words.

However, the Ministry of Education is now putting a stronger emphasis on phonics in it's
Ready-to-Read series of readers for primary school students.

This story has been edited. The Ministry of Education's response to the original story has been added in full below.


The new approach changes the current emphasis, followed since the


The Ministry of Education's Response