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What do the teachers and teaching assistants who have attended our courses recently think about the course?
- "Thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. It was one of those courses that leaves you buzzing. I am excited at the prospect of using this new approach within my school."
Sounds-Write is a quality first phonics programme and is acknowledged by the DfE as meeting all its criteria for an effective phonics teaching programme - see our entry on the DfE site for details. It is an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. Our very highly-rated, intensive courses have now been attended by over ten thousand classroom practitioners, educational psychologists and members of local authority support teams. The programme is already being used extensively in primary and secondary schools throughout Britain, Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic, Australia, Zambia and Papua New Guinea. We are also now on Facebook.
"I recommend Sounds-Write to every teacher and school leader I meet. At St. George’s, where deprivation levels are extremely high, we achieve consistently outstanding results in all phases. Our Phonics Screening Check has been 96%+ every year. Sounds-Write is a brilliant phonics programme for all pupils from Nursery but it also enables us to teach pupils with no English, or with specific learning difficulties so that no gaps exist in performance within year groups. It is a superb scheme for teaching polysyllabic spelling right through to Year 6. The training is top quality and all staff use consistent methods to teach phonics, reading and spelling effectively. Skills are taught explicitly and pupils demonstrate confidence and success from the outset. Progress is rapid and the quality of writing from Reception onwards astonishes visitors from other schools."
Janet Hilary, Headteacher and National Leader of Education
Recently, Jan Hilary spoke at the Reading Reform Foundation conference about why the teaching at St George's CEPS in Wandsworth has made such a difference to the lives of the children who attend the school. This is a school in the most deprived area south of the Thames and yet 100% of its children pass the phonics screening check each year. To learn more, why not watch this inspirational video in which Jan talks to our very own Dr Derrie Clark.
These books are each supplied as a tough spiral-bound copy and as a pdf file on a USB drive, so that you can photocopy and print as many copies as your school needs: the facility to make copies is included in the purchase price, and all the inner pages are in black and white for ease of copying and printing.
The first Workbook covers units 1 - 7 of the Initial Code; the second Workbook covers units 8 - 11. They are 82 pages and 127 pages respectively.
These liberally-illustrated volumes are designed to be used by Sounds~Write trained tutors as support for work in class as a follow-up to formal presentations of Sounds-Write. They can also be used with small groups, or one-to-one.
The workbooks provide a variety of
activities which are specially designed to work in harmony with the
Sounds~Write programme. Each unit includes: word building; word reading and picture
matching; word reading and spelling; a word search; word matching;
high frequency word practice; tracking; and a short reading and
comprehension exercise. Teacher record sheets are also included with
This app offers a variety of activities to develop the skills of
blending and segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading
and writing and some sentences reading and writing. It has been
designed to introduce all the sound-spelling correspondences
children need to put them well on the way to learning to read and
write. It is available from the iTunes app store -
click here to
go to the page for our app.
This is an important new book by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. For a review, written by our own John Walker, check out John's blog.....
The DfE sent an inspector to monitor a Sounds-Write course in January 2012. If you are interested in evaluating phonics programmes, you will want to read this complete, unedited copy of the report.
To see just how successful our approach in providing First Rate Phonics has been, please click on the following link: Report to schools: Longitudinal study of Literacy Development from 2003 - 2009, following 1607 pupils throughout Key Stage 1.
Sounds-Write meets the criteria for a high quality phonics programme as defined by the UK Government's Department for Education.
Informed opinion on the latest developments in literacy from John Walker, a director of Sounds-Write - theliteracyblog.com