You have no idea of the phonics ability of the child concerned, nor my ability to teach it. Nor do you know what phonics teaching has been experienced by this child in nursery, reception and year 1. Just because people disagree with you, it does not follow that they don't understand. The fundamentalist thought process is very simplistic hence its appeal to intellectual dwarfs. They are right. There is not the slightest possibility that they are wrong. To state a view which is contrary to theirs is apostasy. That fact that another 100,000 children are about to leave school unable to read or write confidently has nothing to do with them. There views are non-negotiable. And another 100,000 children will leave school shortly unable to read or write confidently. Like the views of all fundamentalists their views defy logic and commonsense and by if chance the data for this this year were to show that the percentage of illiterate school leavers were to fall by half a percentage point - they would scream "It was us wot did it and this is the proof! They have their own personal definition of 'proof' which would be comical funny if were not so disatrous for so many children. On the other hand, if the percentage increases slightly, they will claim that its all down to lazy or incompetent teachers who decline to accept the exclusivity and superiority of the true faith. Their dogma liveth forever.