How much time do we waste teaching phonics to children who already know them or who could work out the sound if they saw it in a sentence in a book. It seems to be a holy grail for some. The vast majority of children post Year 1 don't need that much phonics teaching unless they are on an IEP. Just how many different sounds does a 7 year old need. Is it really necessary to be teaching sounds like 'tion'.