Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs is a complete, structured, multisensory programme for teaching reading and spelling, making it fun and accessible for all. This fantastic seven-part resource offers a refreshingly simple approach to the teaching of phonics, alongside activities to develop auditory and visual perceptual skills. Specifically designed to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs of any age, the books break down phonics into manageable core elements and provide a huge wealth of resources to support teachers in teaching reading and spelling.
Book 2: Building Words reinforces pupils' knowledge of the basic sounds explored in Book 1 and uses these to build words with a more complex structure. It focuses on words of three, four and five sounds, and words are grouped according to their pattern of vowels and consonants. Each chapter contains more than 50 engaging activities, including: odd one out, sound boxes, busy words, oops! correct the spelling and writing challenge. An additional chapter on capital letters allows pupils to practice identifying and working with these letters. Thorough guidance is provided on how to deliver each activity, as well as a lesson planner template, handy word lists and posters for teachers to use to support learning.
Each book in the series gradually builds on children's understanding of sounds and letters and provides scaffolded support for children to learn about every sound in the English language. Offering tried and tested material which can be photocopied for each use, this is an invaluable resource to simplify phonics teaching for teachers and teaching assistants and provide fun new ways of learning phonics for all children.
Ann Sullivan is an educational consultant and trainer. Having gained experience of teaching in mainstream primary classrooms and in secondary learning support departments, she went on to become a high school SENCO. The move to specialist education seemed natural and for nine years she worked as an outreach / advisory teacher based at a specialist support school, providing advice, support and training to staff in mainstream schools to enable them to meet the needs of their pupils with SEND. She became a Specialist Leader in Education in 2017. Ann has made it her career's work to explore the best ways of teaching young people to read, spell and write effectively, leading her to develop these resources, which she has tested in a variety of mainstream and special schools.