what happens in a 45 minute session?
During each session we cover six main aspects. These are:
1. Encoding letter sounds of the alphabet.
2. Decoding the sounds of the alphabet and known digraphs and vowel teams, etc, using flashcards.
3. Building irregular word bank. Irregular words that can not be sounded out such as <said> and <two>.
4. Phonetic skills: Children will be taught phonetic skills, one after another as they build their knowledge of the English language and why words are spelt and read the way they are. For example, we use a /ck/ at the end of a syllable after a 'weak and lonely vowel', e.g. 'pick'. If the vowel has a letter 'friend' we use just a /k/, e.g. 'pink'. We consolidate these skills through a process of home support and in-session activities.
5. Phonological and phonetic knowledge: Identifying and understanding syllables and phonemes. This practice is embedded into the lesson through techniques such as "finger spelling" and techniques used for spelling and reading multi-syllable words.
6. Morphology: In linguistics, morphology (/mɔːrˈfɒlədʒi/) is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words in the same language. It analyzes the structure of words and parts of words, such as stems, root words, prefixes, and suffixes. (source: Wikipedia)