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LevelPhonological skillsPhonics knowledgeDecoding and encoding strategyReading and SpellingComprehension and writingHigh frequency words
All levels 1 – 7

Progressively develop these skills:
Linking spelling pattern to pronunciation. Ability to manipulate phonemes.

Wordchain apps, making ‘big’ words with letter tiles.

Word building activities,
Phoneme manipulation

The phonological awareness assessment on the Agility of Sound website measures these skills.
Slow progression. Assumes most older children have some basic phonics knowledge, that phonological and decoding skills are the primary barriers.

Wordchain and letter tiles develop phonics knowledge in context of real words

The spelling assessments on the Agility with Sound website measures phonics knowledge.
Teaching the repeating structures of words, and how to blend and spell efficiently.

Fluency sheets, sliders.

Wordchain apps
teach how to analyse words with slow button.

Challenge sheets: how to analyse multi-syllable word and identify known parts.

The decoding assessment on the Agility with Sound website measures skill in this area.
All books strictly decodable, limited high frequency words, no surprises.

Junior collection contains books on themes appropriate for Yrs 4 - 6
Senior collection contains books on themes appropriate for Yrs 7 - 10
Composite collection contains all books, some suitable for all ages, some targeted at younger or older students

Dictation at levels 1 – 7 Students learn to hold sentence in memory, to use ‘spelling voice’, with focus on new phonics. High frequency words from books included. Punctuation features progressively added.
Modelled comprehension: all books scripted in manual for comprehension strategies.

Books used as springboard for writing from level 3.

Most books contain new vocabulary, with explicit cues to infer meaning
Phonological awareness manual gives strategies for teaching ‘irregular’ high frequency words.

Stories in manuals, semi-fictional or entirely fictional, explain features such as silent letters, qu, the o in money etc.
Level 1Substituting one sound in cvc words.
Adding s suffix
Double final consonant (mess, will, cuff)

Wordchain 1
5 short vowels, single consonants in most common pronunciation.

ve in have, live, give

Double final consonant: will, toss, cuff
Onset -rime blending. (b+ut, c+at)

Adding s suffix as c+at = cat +s =cats
Read and Draw: read a simple cvc sentence, draw, 4 per page. 16 files
Mini books on USB: 10 books of 4 pages, read and draw
19 books
4 books cvc
5 books cvc +s
14 cvc + double final consonant.

Basic dictation with cvc words, most common high frequency words. Capital letter, full stop.
Visualising. All books replicated on USB, student to illustrate captioned spaces.I, a, the, said, he, she, what, so, no, to, go, and, my

nice, like, or, for, look, come, some, see, went, was, you, too, are, one, want, good.
Level 2Adding simple suffix to cvc words. Substituting one element

Wordchain 1
th, sh, ch, wh

Suffixes ing, ed, er, y
Onset-rime-suffix blending
f+unn =funn+y=funny
23 books
6 introduce th, sh, ch, wh
4 introduce ing, ed, er
13 add in y making ee (funny)

Dictation adds question mark, exclamation mark
Visualising and summarising.
Some books presented as standard text and then as a play.
they, came, done, your, our, down, who, there, your, where, here, why, goes, does, food, their, out, about.
Level 3Adding simple suffix to cvc words and words with vowel-digraph rime.

Wordchain 2
ck, ay, -all words Suffixes le, ly, et, en, led y as in myBlending initial consonant or known digraph with vck
Extend onset-rime-suffix blending skill
16 books
7 add in ay, ck, le only
8 add in -all, and ly, et en suffixes

Dictation: adds quotation marks
Writing introduced. Student writes short piece to complete story, create a list of points and other writing activities.cook, now, sea
Level 4Adding initial blends, ability to add/ delete phonemes in blendsInitial blends, ng, arAdding initial blends to onset-rime-suffix blending strategy20 books
4 introduce initial blends 5 add in ng
11 add in ar

Dictation: all basic punctuation.
Extending skills from level 3, with greater emphasis on writing.

Paragraphing introduced.
tree, boot
Level 5Identifying n,m in final blends. Triple initial blends. Blends with digraphs (shrill, munch) Adding, deleting and substituting phonemes in blends. Extending skill in substituting suffixes and vowels.

Wordchain 2
Final blends
Triple initial blends
cc + vcc + suffix blending strategy.

Double suffixes blending strategy (ingly, ered)
22 books
All include final blends

Final 8 add in double suffixes

Dictation: all basic punctuation.
Increasing focus on writing structure and genres.
Introduction, sequence of 2, 3 or 4 paragraphs, conclusion.
Genres include summarising, compare and contrast, problem/ solution.
Vocabulary development includes interesting words to use in each writing task.
No new irregular high frequency words
Level 6Substituting up to three elements in words

Wordchain 3
a_e, e_e, i_e o-e
double vs single consonants (tinny vs tiny, hopping vs hoping) ee, ea, or
ce, ge
Context determines pronunciation of vowel.15 books
2 with a_e
5 add i_e, o_e 1 adds ee, ea 7 add or
Writing: genres now include inferencing outcomes, developing an argument.No new irregular high frequency words
Level 7As above

Wordchain 4
(In sequence) ai, oa, oo (as in look and moon) ou (as in loud) ur, ir ear (as in earth), u_e
r- controlled vowels (air, are, ore etc), ew, aw, au, oi, ue
Basic prefixes: ex, in/im, pre, con, pro
Blending strategy: Prefix + onset + rime + suffix17 books, one or two new digraphs added successivelyContinuing writing skills developed at levels 5 and 6No new irregular high frequency words
Level 81. Complex suffixes (tion, ous etc) Additional prefixes

2. Less common vowel and consonant graphemes e.g. multiple spellings of ‘or’ ‘ee’ etc.
ti, ci,etc making ‘sh’
Identify prefixes, suffixes, blends, rimes, double consonants indicating short vowel, ce/ci etc patterns in multi-syllable words. Two or more prefixes/ suffixes in series. How to blend these units efficiently.pelling chart summarises all patterns learnt thus far.

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