On 17 March 2003, the former Standards and Effectiveness Unit of the DfES convened a seminar on the teaching of phonics. The report, Sound Sense, was written by Greg Brooks to sum up the seminar’s findings.
This is their definition of Analytic phonics:
"Analytic phonics refers to an approach to the teaching of reading in which the phonemes associated with particular graphemes are not pronounced in isolation. Children identify (analyse) the common phoneme in a set of words in which each word contains the phoneme under study. For example, teacher and pupils discuss how the following words are alike: pat, park, push, and pen. Analytic phonics for writing similarly relies on inferential learning: realising that the initial phoneme in /p i g/ is the same as that in /p æ t, p a:k, pu?/ and /pen/, children deduce that they must write that phoneme with grapheme".
For more information about the role of phonics in the teaching of reading follow the links to the articles below.