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					Assuring high quality phonic work – snapshot self-assessment form

The self-assessment below provides a snapshot of how this product meets
the core criteria for a high quality phonics programme. For more detailed
information on how this product meets each of the core criteria please click
here or scroll further down to the detailed form.

When completing this form you will find it helpful to refer to the explanatory
notes which can be found by scrolling down the core criteria page of this
website.

Name of product: Dandelion Readers

Is this a full, stand alone phonics teaching programme? No

Is this a resource or group of resources which can be paired with a full
programme? Yes


                                                  Please tick as appropriate
Does this product:                                        Fully Not
                                                          meet meet
present high quality systematic phonic work, as
defined by the Independent review of teaching of
early reading and now encapsulated in the Primary         
Framework, as the prime approach to decoding print
(see Note 1)

enable children to start learning phonic knowledge
and skills systematically by the age of five with the
expectation that they will be fluent readers having       
secured word recognition skills by the end of key
stage one (see Note 2)

Is this product designed for the teaching of discrete,
daily sessions progressing from simple to more
complex phonic knowledge and skills and covering          
the major grapheme phoneme correspondences (see
note 3)

enable children’s progress to be assessed (see note
4)                                                                

use a multi-sensory approach so that children learn
variously from simultaneous visual, auditory and
kinaesthetic activities which are designed to secure      
essential phonic knowledge and skills (see note 5)

demonstrate that phonemes should be blended, in
order, from left to right, ‘all through the word’ for     
reading

demonstrate how words can be segmented into their
constituent phonemes for spelling and that this is the   
reverse of blending phonemes to read words

ensure children apply phonic knowledge and skills as
their first approach to reading and spelling even if a   
word is not completely phonically regular

ensure that children are taught high frequency words
that do not conform completely to
grapheme/phoneme correspondence rules                          



ensure that, as early as possible, children have
opportunities to read texts (and spell words) that are
within the reach of their phonic knowledge and skills    
even though every single word in the text may not be
entirely decodable by the children unaided



Please explain how your product meets the core criteria above:


Dandelion Readers are a Series of decodable texts based on the progression
of the Sounds-Write™ reading and spelling programme. They are primarily
for Reception/Year 1 children. The books have a step by step progression
and can be used alongside any phonic programme.
Each text is controlled by the phonemic focus in the book and enables the
child to practice blending and reading independently at every stage. The texts
are not based on repetitive sentences, thus ensuring the readers practice
blending the sounds through the word.
The books can be used for groups or individuals. Each book includes a game
to ensure stimulating practice of the skills and knowledge introduced at each
level.
The books can also be used with reluctant readers in Key Stage 2. The
Activity Packs are particularly useful for individual work with pupils
experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of literacy.
Please provide a brief explanation of what your product provides, e.g.
resources, training etc


Dandelion Readers consist of:
 50 books in the Initial Code Series
With 2 activity packs and a handwriting pack for this level.
 20 books in the Extended Code Series, with 10 more in production (July 08).
Each level will have accompanying activity packs which will provide a variety
of phonic related activities based on the books. These include spelling
(including segmenting), reading (blending), comprehension, sequencing,
writing and games. (Sept. 08)


Contact details

Only contact/ further information details can be added to this box.

www.phonicbooks.co.uk

Enquiries@phonicbooks.co.uk

Phonic Books Ltd.
Westhill House
74, Bristol Street
Malmesbury
Wiltshire SN16 0AX
Assuring high quality phonic work – Detailed self-assessment form

This 2nd self assessment form gives schools and settings detailed and
expanded information about this product set against each core criterion. For
the snapshot version please click here.
Name of product: Dandelion Readers

Is this a full, stand alone phonics teaching programme? No

Is this a resource or group of resources which can be paired with a full
programme? Yes

Please explain how your product meets the following core criteria:

This product presents high quality systematic phonic work, as defined by the
Independent review of teaching of early reading and now encapsulated in the
Primary Framework, as the prime approach to decoding print (see Note 1) by:


Dandelion Readers is a Synthetic Phonics Reading Series based on the
progression of the Sounds-Write Reading and Spelling Programme. The
books are highly structured. They introduce sounds in a sequential
progression from simple to complex. The first book introduces 5 sounds, the
second book 3 more sounds etc. The texts are cumulative so each level
includes the sounds from the previous levels to ensure practice.
Initial Code:
 Units 1- 7 are at cvc level: all the sounds of the alphabet are introduced
     (except <qu>)
 Units 8 to 10 introduce 4 sound words (cvcc and ccvc), and 5 sound words
     (ccvcc, cccvc, cvccc)
 Units 11-16 introduce consonant digraphs ch, sh, th, ck, ng, (and qu).
 Units 17-20 introduce polysyllabic words, starting with compound words
     and two syllable words ending in –ed, -ing, and –le.
Extended Code (vowel digraphs)
  Level 1 introduces 1 spelling for each sound.
  Level 2 introduces 3 spellings for each sound
  Level 3 introduces 4 or 5 spellings for each sound


This product enables children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills
systematically by the age of five with the expectation that they will be fluent
readers having secured word recognition skills by the end of key stage one
(see Note 2) by:

Dandelion Readers have a clear incremental structure starting at CVC level.
The books are cumulative so that all previous learning is revisited and
retained. The text level ensures success for the reader at each level. By
teaching the phonic code and encouraging ‘blending’, the books develop
confident independent fluent reading.
This product has been designed for the teaching of discrete, daily sessions
progressing from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills and
covering the major grapheme phoneme correspondences (see note 3) by:

The first 7 levels introduce the sounds in the following sequence using CVC
words only:
1- s a t i m
2- n o p
3- b c g h
4- d e f v
5- k l r u
6- j w z
7- x y ff ll ss zz
The next levels teach 4 and 5 sound words.
8- cvcc
9- ccvc
10- ccvcc, cccvc, cvccc
These continue to be practised in Units 11-20 whilst introducing consonant
digraphs, and two syllable compound words, and words ending in –ed, -ing,
and –le.
Levels one, two and three whilst continuing to practise the above, introduce
vowel sounds and their many spellings.



This product enables children’s progress to be assessed (see note 4) by:


Dandelion Readers do not include an assessment component, as it is a
reading series designed to accompany other phonic programmes.
Assessment tools should be found in those programmes.



This product uses a multi-sensory approach so that children learn variously
from simultaneous visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities which are
designed to secure essential phonic knowledge and skills (see note 5) by:


As an integral part of each book, a game is included to ensure multisensory
practice of a specific concept. The Activity Packs include spelling by
segmenting sounds in words, reading exercises involving comprehension,
writing linked to the stories, and additional games.
This product demonstrates that phonemes should be blended, in order, from
left to right, ‘all through the word’ for reading by:


Each book has a clear explanation on how to blend sounds into words from
left to right using ‘pure sounds’. All games and activities are designed to
promote this. The texts themselves encourage the reader to blend as they
are accessible at their level. The texts are not repetitious to avoid guessing,
and to ensure the child is sounding out and blending the sounds into words.


This product demonstrates how words can be segmented into their
constituent phonemes for spelling and that this is the reverse of blending
phonemes to read words by:


The Activity Packs have numerous exercises which develop segmenting skills
from 3 sound words (cvc) all the way through to 5 sound words (ccvcc). The
words are based on the books, the stories and the characters. (eg. at cvc
level the pupil will be required to identify and write final sounds, initial sounds
or medial sounds, and then be provided with the opportunity of identifying and
writing all the sounds. The same principle is applied at the 4 and 5 sound
word level, where they are asked to identify and write various missing sounds
in a word, including missing adjacent consonant sounds.)


This product ensures children apply phonic knowledge and skills as their first
approach to reading and spelling even if a word is not completely phonically
regular by:


Dandelion Readers provide an ideal resource for applying phonemic
knowledge and skills as a primary strategy for reading, as every book is
decodable at the level the learner is working at, and can experience success.
The learner soon begins to use this approach as a primary strategy for
reading.


This product ensures that children are taught high frequency words that do
not conform completely to grapheme/phoneme correspondence rules by:


Dandelion Readers do not teach high frequency words explicitly. Each book
lists the high frequency words which are not decodable by the pupil at the
level they have reached. Initially the high frequency words are minimial as the
reader cannot sound them out. High frequency words are introduced
gradually into the text. If the reader cannot read the word, we recommend the
teacher provides it until such time as it is instantly recognised. For a method
on how to teach these high frequency words explicitly, the teacher should
refer back to the programme the school is using.
This product ensures that, as early as possible, children have opportunities to
read texts (and spell words) that are within the reach of their phonic
knowledge and skills even though every single word in the text may not be
entirely decodable by the children unaided by:


Dandelion Readers are designed to provide reading material from the very
beginning, once pupils can blend 3 sounds together with the first 5 sounds
presented in our books, which are ‘s a t i m’. Struggling learners can play the
game at the back of the books to develop their blending skills and recognition
of grapheme/phoneme correspondence needed to read the book. Our Activity
Packs provide opportunities for spelling words at the same level, using
segmenting activities combined with writing activities.
Dandelion Readers are designed specifically to offer pupils reading and
spelling materials that are commensurate with their level and ability.
Reception class pupils will have opportunities to read text at cvc, cvcc, ccvc
levels as well as words of ever increasing complexity as their phonic
knowledge and skills develop, ensuring that they can move on to the next
stage successfully.
Reluctant readers will have the opportunity of starting again with Dandelion
Readers at an appropriate level, experiencing success and gaining in
confidence as they progress through the structured texts.


Please provide a brief explanation of what your product provides, e.g.
resources, training etc


Dandelion Readers
:
50 books in the Initial Phonic Code Series:

3 parallel sets Units 1-10 (First 26 sounds at 3,4 and 5 sound level)
2 parallel sets of Units 11-20 (ch, sh, ck, ng, qu, wh, and 2 syllable words)

Activity Pack for Units 1-10 (photocopiable)
Activity Pack for Units 11-20 (photocopiable)
Handwriting Pack for letter formation only, especially useful for those children
who have not mastered correct letter formation.(photocopiable)

30 books in the Extended Phonic Code Series:

Level 1 books 1-10 (1 spelling of sound eg. ai, igh, ee, etc. )
Level 2 books 1-10 (2 or 3 spellings of a vowel sound eg. ai, a, ay)
Level 3 books 1-10 (4 or 5 spellings of a vowel sound eg: ai, ay, a, a-e, ea)
(Level 3 available July 08)
Activity packs to accompany these books available in September 08 to
include spelling, reading comprehension, writing and games.
Contact details

Only contact/ further information details can be added to this box.

www.phonicbooks.co.uk

enquiries@phonicbooks.co.uk

Phonic Books Ltd.
Westhill House
74, Bristol Street
Malmesbury
Wiltshire SN16 0AX

				
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