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Discussion in 'Early Years' started by littlemizfizz, Jul 9, 2011.
Has anyone taught POPAT? What do you think of it?
What is it? A foreign language?
It's a "phonics" programme
from what I understand consonants are taught first through what they call "sound pictures" and as a child progresses the "sound pictures" are replaced by letters ...
I've not used it so my judgement is based on limited knowledge but I find it all a bit odd and unnecessary.
POPAT has it's own website (in fact I am on there)
It uses sound pictures as Msz says and then moves onto introducing the letters.
We used it at our school for a number of years (and it is still used with some pupils). It has a sensory version for pupils with SEN.
The majority of pupils did well with it but lots of pupils with ALN could not get to grips with it at all, so it was variable in its effectiveness. Some of the sound pictures can be a little confusing for pupils - especially those doing symbol supported work. For Example: the 'm' sound is represented by a cow saying 'mmmmm' but some pupils with SEN/ALN associate the pictures with literal meaning and therefore think the cow is for the 'c' sound.
Am I making sense?
Perfect thanks Bev (fits in with what I can remember being told)