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match-funding for systematic synthetic phonics - WHICH SCHEME TO CHOOSE?!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by spannywinx, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Hello!
    Our school is interested in purchasing one of these
    phonics schemes as part of the match-funding for systematic synthetic
    phonics offer. I have been looking at the individual websites but would
    really appreciate any opinions from people who are actually using these
    schemes. What are they REALLY like?! Are they useful for Phase 5 phonics
    as well? From what I've seen a lot is quite Phase 3 based...
    I
    was being drawn to Phonics Bug but think I might be confusing 'Bug Club'
    which isn't part of the scheme (from reading other posts on the site).
    Our
    school is looking for a scheme which has lots of appealing/interesting
    reading books and also interactive games on the whiteboard.
    ANY opinions would be greatly appreciated!
    Floppy's Phonics
    Phonics Bug
    Phonics International
    Read Write Inc
    Jolly Phonics

    Thank you!!
     
  2. Hello!
    Our school is interested in purchasing one of these
    phonics schemes as part of the match-funding for systematic synthetic
    phonics offer. I have been looking at the individual websites but would
    really appreciate any opinions from people who are actually using these
    schemes. What are they REALLY like?! Are they useful for Phase 5 phonics
    as well? From what I've seen a lot is quite Phase 3 based...
    I
    was being drawn to Phonics Bug but think I might be confusing 'Bug Club'
    which isn't part of the scheme (from reading other posts on the site).
    Our
    school is looking for a scheme which has lots of appealing/interesting
    reading books and also interactive games on the whiteboard.
    ANY opinions would be greatly appreciated!
    Floppy's Phonics
    Phonics Bug
    Phonics International
    Read Write Inc
    Jolly Phonics

    Thank you!!
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    We have
    Sounds & Letters Floppy's Phonics (Debbie Hepplewhite- excellent to get children reading)
    Phonics Bug - e books and print - ( examples here and I think you can still sign up for a free trial here good reading scheme but not so comprehensive )
    Phonics International - (Debbie Hepplewhite - very comprehensive teaching reseources but not linked to a reading scheme if that's what you are looking for)
    Jolly Phonics - (good basic introduction personally don't like the reading books)

    we don't have
    RWI (extremely successful bit too prescriptive depending how your school works)
     
  4. We are looking at the same thing. We have Floppy's Phonics but nobody is that impressed with the phonics part. We are using the reading books and they are ok. I've seen one teacher using the phonics worksheets and the children were a bit restless and bored. Some teachers also felt the content was a bit young for their year group. We have found the materials useful for small group interventions though - it seems easy for TAs to pick up and teach.
     
  5. We use Read write Inc. To get children using phase 3 and phase 5 sounds in reading when they are not ready for grey or blue levels we have bought Dandelion Readers/ Launchers.
    These books have good illustrations and limited text using the sounds the children are learning. They have been ideal for children learning phase 3, 4, 5 sounds who aren't quite ready for the volume of text in Read Write Inc.
    They are part of the range offered by the match funding and you can look at examples of the interior of each book if you go to http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/
    NB The price of the books there is more than the price in the match funding phonics catalogue.
     
  6. The Dandelion books are actually linked to the Sounds-Write programme which also features in the match-funding catalogue and is one I recommend:
    www.sounds-write.co.uk
     
  7. Just seen these posts, are the workbooks that go with the dandelion books any good?
    Thanks
     
  8. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    We are planning on using Sounds-Write once new staff have had their training (hopefully soon)
     

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