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The children:

  • learn 44 ‘speed’ sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple
    picture prompts.
  • These are taught over a short period of time in short, intensive and, importantly, fun
    lessons. No games are used – just good purposeful teaching. Phonics is for reading
    and spelling – not playing games.
  • learn to read words using sound-blending known as ‘Fred Talk’.
    Fred can only speak single-syllabic words in pure sounds. He shows the children
    how to sound-blend. He does this all through the d-ay.
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out.
    The Storybooks have been written by Gill Munton, a talented and experienced
    author. When you read Gill’s stories, you forget that you are reading a text with a
    strong phonic structure. The language is natural and fluent and each story has a
    clear shape. Humour is a strong feature – children want to read the books again and
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove It’
    discussion questions.
    As soon as children can decode the story with accuracy, we teach them to
    comprehend the story through partner discussion. Children are taught to ask
    questions and then answer them with a partner. They are taught both to answer
    simple literal ‘on the page’ questions and inferential questions that are ‘between the
    lines’. Children are asked to justify their answers and opinions by looking for
    evidence in the text. They do this from the earliest texts so they learn to
    comprehend what they read from the very beginning.