This Block 1 Sound Pack from our SPEAK Phonics scheme contains all your key resources for teaching the letter sound ‘a’.
Your teaching card sets out what to do in the session (download the Block 1 Teaching and learning Guide for teaching cards for all the Block 1 sounds).
The pack also contains a double-sided large card, including a handwriting phrase and illustration designed to reflect the letter formation, a small foldable card, a picture sound card and full colour and photocopiable handwriting sheet.
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Created by our in-house team of teachers and designers, our SPEAK Phonics programme has been designed to bring a Systematic, Synthetic approach to phonics that helps to embed learning in a fun and practical way and support you in your application of phonics, by providing teachers with the knowledge to deliver high-quality phonics teaching, whether that be to a whole class, small group or one-to-one interventions.
Block 1 is all about learning to read individual letter sounds and blending sounds to read words. It is the most important stage in the reading journey, as learning to decode and blend sounds consistently is essential for future reading success. The faster that children can learn to blend, the more progress they will make.
In Block 1 there are 25 sounds and for each sound there are supporting resources: small card, large card, picture card and handwriting sheet (as included for the ‘s’ sound in the Block 1 taster pack).
In addition to this there are 114 cvc word cards used to teach blending, organised and labelled into specific groups.
A 37 page Block 1 Teaching and Learning Guide sets out our suggested way to use the resources to deliver high-quality phonics sessions. It covers all of the individual letter sounds and gives specific guidance on how to teach children to blend sounds to read words. It can be used as a handbook or printed and organised as individual teaching cards for each sound.
Our 25 Sound Stories support the teaching and learning of Block 1 sounds in the context of a fun story, where children will meet the Phonics Agents.
Additional Block 1 resources include a range of games and activities to help embed learning in a fun and practical way, teaching videos to support you in your application of SPEAK Phonics in the classroom and a range of display wall frieze and other resources for your classroom, that can be used to add to the phonics experience.
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