For Sounds-Write Units 1 to 7. These activities are designed to improve left to right directionality, visual discrimination and letter (spelling)/word memory. They can also help with fine motor and hand‐eye coordination. Tracking activities are also designed to support the teaching of scanning and locating. The students differentiate between nonsense groups of letters and real words.
The activities can be completed as a whole class activity or individually. Some students may need adult support. The worksheets can also be divided into smaller activities to meet the students’ needs. Timing can be a fun part of the activity. Students can race the clock, record their time and then try to beat their time when the activity is next presented to them.
It is designed to follow the order in which sound-spelling correspondences are introduced in the Sounds-Write literacy programme: Unit 1: a, i, m, s, t; Unit 2: n, o, p; Unit 3: b, c, g, h; Unit 4: d, f, v, e; Unit 5: k, l, r, u; Unit 6: j, w, z; Unit 7: x, y, ff, ll, ss. In Units 1 to 7, all words have the structure CVC. Units 8 to 10 do not introduce any new sound-spelling correspondences but the complexity of the structure of the words is increased as follows: Unit 8 VCC and CVCC; Unit 9: CCVC; Unit 10: CCVCC, CCCVC, CCVCCC. Finally, Unit 11 introduces the sound-spelling correspondences: <sh> for /sh/; <ch> for /ch/; <th> for /th/ (voiced and unvoiced); <ck> for /k/.
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At St George’s we have used Sounds-Write for over five years and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We are a National Support School and have visitors from all over the UK and abroad visit the school each year. To a person, they are always astounded by the phonics and spelling they see.
Sarah Collymore, Headteacher, St. George’s CE Primary School
I recommend Sounds-Write to every teacher and school leader I meet. At Floreat we teach Sounds-Write in structured lessons in Nursery and Reception as well as Year 1. We achieve consistently outstanding results and our parents are amazed at how well their children can read and spell.
Janet Hilary, National Leader of Education and Chief Executive Officer, Floreat Education
Sounds-Write has had a significant impact at Princecroft School and is transforming the life chances of our children. From very low starting points the children now make rapid progress in their phonics and by the end of Years 1 and 2 are decoding and reading at standards above their peers nationally.
Michael Park, Headteacher, Princecroft School
Sounds-Write is more than just a scheme for phonics. For Selby Community Primary School it has improved pupils’ self-esteem around reading and writing. Sounds-Write has developed stronger spellers and pupils who transfer their phonics knowledge straight into their written work.
Ian Clennan, Headteacher, Selby Community Primary School
Teachers’ subject knowledge and therefore their confidence with teaching phonics has vastly improved since the implementation of Sounds-Write. The skills taught through the programme are transferable throughout the curriculum with improved reading, writing and spelling from our children.
Lindsay Vollans, Headteacher, St. Michael’s C of E Primary School