Oxford Reading Tree
The Oxford Reading Tree has been developed to teach children to read in finely graded, progressive steps. It is used in 80% of UK primary schools and in many international schools. The stories have been written using a mix of high frequency and phonic words which can be blended and sounded out. Children can readily identify with the characters Kipper, Biff and Chip and the stories often have a surprise ending.
We are able to facilitate guided group reading because we have seven copies of each reading book. Here, "Links to Literacy" is extremely well resourced. We also have multiple copies of easy-to-read poetry books and non-fictionl books.
There are different activities, games and comprehension activities designed around the books which are completed in the class and as part of homework.
Synthetic Phonics Schemes
We use an amusing and child-centered approach to teaching phonics. With actions and activities for each of the 42 letter sounds, we find that such a multi-sensory method is very motivating for our younger students. This scheme is also supplemented where relevant with other schemes too as well as resources and games we make ourselves.
In addition, a large collection of big books, cards, finger phonic books, workbooks and photocopiable sheets from these schemes are useful.
Weekly Spelling Activities
We have at our disposal a variety of graded spelling schemes from both the UK and USA. Wordsearches, puzzles and games support our main teaching here. We teach our older children the differences between British and American spelling.
We have purchased a new structured Language and Literacy course for our more advanced students. These are brand new colourful resources that I am really excited about. As well as being appealing for students they are designed to meet bilingual students' specific needs.
A Wide Library
I am passionate about really good quality, beautiful children's books that say something important. I am never happier than when I am browsing books to purchase to add to our collection.
In addition to the graded reading books, children also have the opportunity to take home a library book each week
Over the years I have collected a huge collection of resources, books and games for our pupils at Links to Literacy. These include a selection of hand and finger puppets, sand paper letters for letter formation, a large wooden moveable alphabet, music CDs, DVDs, dictionaries, poetry books, phonic fans, games, bingo and a wide collection of other reading and picture books. Magnetic boards and magnetic foam letters are central in the early courses to assist phonic learning in the early stages.