What English Language Skills Are Essential To Your K1?

Find out more below.

What English Language Skills Are Essential To Your K1?

Find out more below.

Phonemic Awareness

WHAT?

The ability to identify, access and differentiate sounds in words. In LaunchPad, the focus is on first, middle and last sounds.

WHY?

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.

Phonemic Awareness

WHAT?

The ability to identify, access and differentiate sounds in words. In LaunchPad, the focus is on first, middle and last sounds.

WHY?

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.

Phonics

WHAT?

The ability to identify a symbol (i.e. letter) and access the sound it represents.

WHY?

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.

Grapheme Blending

WHAT?

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.

WHY?

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.

Grapheme Blending

WHAT?

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.

WHY?

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.

Sight Words

WHAT?

Words which appear frequently and usually do not have a clear letter-sound relationship, for example, words like ‘one’, ‘the’ and ‘was’.

WHY?

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.

Word Attack Skills

WHAT?

The ability to select and apply a variety of techniques to decipher text.

WHY?

When learning to read, your child must know and use a combination of word attack skills to enable them to decipher text. By acquiring these skills, your child will confidently distinguish between sight words (i.e. memory words) and decodable words, and apply their skills accordingly to improve their ability to read fluently with good comprehension.

Word Attack Skills

WHAT?

The ability to select and apply a variety of techniques to decipher text.

WHY?

When learning to read, your child must know and use a combination of word attack skills to enable them to decipher text. By acquiring these skills, your child will confidently distinguish between sight words (i.e. memory words) and decodable words, and apply their skills accordingly to improve their ability to read fluently with good comprehension.

Reading Development: Accuracy, Fluency And Comprehension

WHAT?

Reading is the ability to make sense of text. Accuracy, fluency and comprehension are required to become a competent reader.

WHY?

Mastering the reading process requires reading letters in sequence and enunciating all sounds clearly without hesitation and understanding the meaning of the text. Mastering the reading process enables your child to become an independent reader.

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