Miscellaneous - Background Information and Various Resources

Debbie wrote the online Phonics International programme before being invited to work with Oxford University Press to provide the very popular Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme with a beginners’ systematic synthetic phonics programme to complement the ORT Floppy’s Phonics fiction and non-fiction decodable reading books. This meant that the rationale, the design of some core resources, the phonics routines and the overarching guidance in the Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme had already been tried and tested as essential features of the Phonics International programme.

Primary schools are rightly concerned that all staff are very knowledgeable and trained in the systematic synthetic phonics ‘teaching principles’ throughout Foundation and Key Stage One and also Key Stage Two. All primary staff members welcome Debbie’s flexible ‘two-pronged approach’ to teaching and learning phonics and benefit from the in-depth level of professional development of Debbie’s training and consultancy to build on infant foundations and to ensure consistency and continuity (including informing parents/carers and working in partnership with them as much as possible).

Having received Debbie’s training, primary schools invariably build on the Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme and practices with the Phonics International programme as this serves Key Stage Two very well indeed as a continuing phonics spelling programme and intervention programme as required (children all access the PI programme ‘as’ a spelling programme but this also provides for those children who are less secure with their alphabetic code knowledge and blending skills). The level of vocabulary and language comprehension, and the shift in Phonics International towards teaching and learning spelling word banks and embedding them in memory, is entirely suitable right up to and including Year Six. Even some secondary schools use Phonics International as a spelling and intervention programme. In the UK, schools using the Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme in the early years and infants commonly continue with the Phonics International programme from Year Two or Year Three. Many schools internationally also use a combination of the Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme progressing to using Phonics International as required. You can review the scope of Phonics International easily via its website and read about people’s findings and responses via the ‘feedback’ thread on the PI message forum.

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