LaunchPad enhances your child's pre-reading skills, which are essential to them becoming confident and independent readers.
(suitable for N2 to K2 students)
The ability to identify, access and differentiate sounds in words. In LaunchPad, the focus is on first, middle and last sounds.
Phonemic awareness is a strong predictor of reading success, and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness fast-tracks the learn-to-read process. This means that children who demonstrate strong phonemic awareness go on to become better readers, sooner.
The ability to identify a symbol (i.e. letter) and access the sound it represents.
Phonics builds on phonemic awareness. Once your child is aware of the sounds of English, they are ready to learn the letters that represent those sounds.
Automatic access to phonics is fundamental to reading words and acquiring word attack skills in LiftOff, which gives your child the tool kit to confidently approach reading all kinds of texts.
Combining the skills of phonemic awareness and phonics, grapheme blending is the ability to instantly recognise letters, automatically access the sounds, and blend the sounds together in any order or sequence. Blending is the main tool by which students should attempt to read unfamiliar words.
One step short of reading, grapheme blending provides a fundamental understanding of how sounds are related to written language, and the confidence to apply the skills to real texts, such as stories.
Words which appear frequently and usually do not have a clear letter-sound relationship, for example, words like 'one', 'the' and 'was'.
Sight words are critical to reading. Your child will be taught to identify words that appear frequently but do not have a clear letter-sound relationship (sight words) to build fluency, and therefore reading comprehension.
Teachers use extensive classroom resources in delivering the LaunchPad programme.
Alongside essential pre-reading skills, students develop vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills.
LaunchPad WorkBooks are designed as a supplementary tool to encourage independent learning while reinforcing concepts taught in the lesson.
Vocabulary development is an integral part of LaunchPad and is achieved through both incidental learning and explicit instruction.
Each student's progress is systematically monitored and recorded on a weekly basis to ensure they are on track to achieve their individual learning goals.
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