Covers all aspects of English literacy
Pre-Reading covers the core skills of visual perception and orientation, auditory perception ability and letter knowledge, which are essential to reading readiness. The early developmental years are a time when a child’s brain is primed for learning. Bright and fun, play based exercises provide rich opportunities to stimulate children’s intellectual capabilities and love of learning.
Phonics is an essential component of early reading instruction as it teaches students to recognise the relationship between written letters and the sounds they represent, starting with the simplest letter-sound relationships and then going on to mastery of increasingly complex word patterns. Phonemic awareness skills are taught in a hierarchical structure, with an emphasis placed on sight words and blending phonemes to produce words. The beginning reading content is carefully structured to teach students the word attack, comprehension and spelling skills they need to become effective readers.
Spelling helps students develop the skills needed to accurately recall words. Key areas covered are phonemic words, high frequency words, irregular words, commonly misspelt words and extension words. A choice of dynamic and fun games enable students to practise spelling thousands of words, and better understand the concepts of sound-sequence relationships, graphonic relationships, homophones, plurals, syllabification, base words, prefixes and suffixes. Students also extend their vocabulary by using words in context.
Vocabulary focuses on the reliable knowledge of sight words, which is the cornerstone of reading efficiency. The sight words taught make up approximately two-thirds of the vocabulary in early reading books and more than half of all adult level material. The ability to instantly recall these words allows students to concentrate on decoding unfamiliar words and developing comprehension skills.
Reading includes over 550 graded reading passages that cover eight different topics – Creatures, Disasters, Discoveries, Mysteries, People, Bizarre, Sport and Miscellaneous. Suitable material is available for students of any age and ability to improve their reading fluency. Voice-over assistance supports students with word recognition when needed. All results are measured, timed and recorded, including reading speed and unfamiliar words.
Grammar Grammar is structured to comprehensively cover beginning to advanced communication skills. Over 30 topics including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, sentence structure, clauses, phrases, conjunctions and tense are explored in a fun and interesting way. Students receive instant feedback and are able to view worked examples to improve their command and use of English grammar.*
Comprehension encourages students to become active readers by developing the skills of a code-breaker, meaning maker, text user and text analyst. This 'Four Resource Model of Comprehension' is an integral part of the English curriculum and helps students develop critical literacy skills that are needed to actively engage with the world around them.*
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