Our Students - English

We use very well-researched programs for English.

Soundwaves

For students in Year 1-6 we use Soundwaves. The Soundwaves website explains:

The phonemic approach is recognised as one of the most effective ways to teach spelling and reading skills. The Sound Waves phonemic approach uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form. This synthetic phonics approach focuses first on the basic units of sound in our language – phonemes. It then explores the letters that represent these sounds and how they can be put together to form written words. Sound Waves enhances learning with strategies for reading, writing and spelling. This way your students will gain a deeper understanding of how words are structured. As well as turning your students into super spellers, Sound Waves covers the key language concepts they’ll need to become highly literate. These concepts, including prefixes, suffixes, Latin and Greek roots, synonyms, homophones and more, are woven into the Student Book activities for each sound unit. Read The Phonemic Approach for more research, longitudinal studies and reports about the effectiveness of using the phonemic approach.

Watch the Sound Waves tutorial videos for more information on the Sound Waves program.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the UK Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. There are six overlapping phases. For more detailed information, visit the Letters and Sounds website.

Reading Eggs

We pay for a Reading Eggs subscription every year, so students can work from home or at school.

From their website:

Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. And it really works! Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning. The program has been developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers. The ABC Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s results at school.

ABC Reading Eggs now has 120 big lessons. These 120 lessons are perfect for 4 to 7 year olds who are learning to read.

We are building more NEW lessons for our older Eggsplorers as part of ABC Reading Eggs World. This world is perfect for 6-8 year olds who already know the basics of reading but who still have much to learn about reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. This exciting new world has lots of new lessons, new games and soon, many wonderful new books to read in Storylands. The learning focuses on building reading fluency and comprehension, spelling and vocabulary, and a range of writing skills including grammar and punctuation.

In the ABC Reading Eggs World, children have their own house to decorate, a big new shop and an avatar that can walk and travel to many new destinations on Reggie’s bus. Children are able to choose their own adventure from a wide range of activities and places to go.

Reading Eggspress

From their website:

Reading Eggspress is designed to build reading and comprehension skills, for students in grades 2-7 (7-13 year olds). Using a highly engaging spinning island, children are instantly involved and interested. They explore a complete world with a wide variety of both learning and fun experiences. The range of activities motivates students to return regularly to complete lessons, compete against others, earn more rewards and improve their skills. The Reading Eggspress website has an enormous range of learning resources, lessons, motivational games and e-books. The books and lessons cover the Year 2 to Year 6 reading curriculum using an equal number of fiction and factual texts. Reading to learn is an important skill that students will continue to use, a lifelong skill. Reading Eggspress provides a unique learning environment where students’ can improve their English language and comprehension skills in a way that is exciting and relevant.