Hello! I saw this Tried & Tested Review on Teach Primary Magazine's website and thought you might like it - please find an excerpt below:
If you are looking for a cute and cuddly comprehensive phonics programme then turn the page now. Phonics International (PI) is based on global research and innovative practice and has been magnificently designed and written by phonics polymath Debbie Hepplewhite. If you didn’t know already, Debbie is the author and phonics consultant on the rather brilliant Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters. She is also high profile, well respected and not backward in coming forward.
So what is Phonics International? Well, it is a systematic, step-by-step and flexible synthetic phonics programme with cumulative teaching and learning resources designed for all ages and all needs. “Not another one,” I hear you cry. Hold your horses though. This is the real deal and if you are looking to recommend a destination for anyone that wants to learn to read, write and spell then this is the number one hot spot.
When you access the website you get a YouTube greeting and introduction to PI from the brains behind this cracking programme who literally points out the pile of features available. I headed straight for the ‘About the Programme’ section to understand more. This contains some brief overviews and more detailed guidance, so take your pick. If you are up to your neck in jobs and just need a skinny latte to go, then the ‘In a Nutshell’ page is for you. Those with more time on their hands can print out the 34-page booklet, make a flask and absorb. Perfect for Inset. There are also three videos to watch if you like the personal touch.
The foundation of the Phonics International programme is this: to teach the letter/s-sound correspondence knowledge (letters, letter groups and sounds) of the notoriously opaque English Alphabet Code, and how to put this code knowledge into action using three skills. 1) All-through-the-word ‘sounding out’ and blending for reading (synthesising). 2) Segmenting for spelling. 3) Handwriting letter shapes appropriately.
The PI rolling programme consists of a dozen progressive units, the first of which is yours for nothing. That’s right, 70 handsome resources for free – including various worksheets and lesson plans. Now that’s a bonus. The heart of the programme is the Alphabet Code: a colour coded chart of all 44+ phonemes and their many spelling alternatives split into 12 colours that correspond with the 12 downloadable units found in the ‘Members’ area. You can listen to Debbie Hepplewhite say each sound of…
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