Blue Code Level
There are also numerous SSP Blue Code Mapping activities and resources to use at home or school.
Parents join as members so that they can best support their child at home!
Spencer doesn't even start school until 2022:-)
Children can practise at home too!
Just get the Coding Poster and app for home use.
When they are working at around the middle of this Code Level (recognising the graphemes, blending them into words, reading them in decodable sentences,)they can pass the UK phonics screener.
We are now recognising and using more graphemes, including the split vowel digraphs, our blending skills are more proficient and we are reading higher CODE level readers, and we are able to critically analyse Blue Level 'Spot the King's Sentences, justifying which is the BEST answer.
In small groups we might be investigating texts, and recording specific graphemes eg those representing the schwa sound, as well as writing about stories we read, checking our grammar and punctuation, and exploring the Spelling Clouds!
Keep exploring the Code - get outside if you can!
We are talking, singing, rhyming, reading and writing every day. As we move away from the 4 Code Levels the Learning Routine changes. This happens around the middle of Year 1.
The Daily Routine starts to look more like this ( this does not need to be a block of learning - adapt according to the needs of your children and demands of the curriculum you follow)
Solo, Paired and Group Code Mapping
Pointer is blending, Partner is encoding.
Reinforces the 4 Code Level graphemes in a meaningful context and allows for a greater understanding of
exception word mapping.
The Speedy Six Spelling Activities
Exploring the Spelling Clouds. Words are determined by the teacher after reviewing independent writing activities.
They may link to topic work.
These could be split eg 1,3 and 5 ... 2,4 and 6 the next.
Rapid Writing and Writing for a Purpose
These are activities undertaken by Aussie teachers, however, you may have your own writing curriculum.
It is covered within online training if interested.
Include the Punctuation Poems and Miss Emma's self-editing techniques within writing activities.
Children correct and learn as part of their session - not by looking at a 'marked' piece of work on another day.
Words mapped after checking are recorded in the Code Mapping book (child's own spelling book/ dictionary)
and can be sent home to be further explored (consolidated)
Snap and Crack (Cracking Comprehension)
Again, these are undertaken by teachers in Australia using the Speech Sound Pics (SSP) Approach
We 'snap' a photo of a piece of text, number the lines (not sentences) and create as well as answer questions.
When responding the place where the information is located must be identified (to check the student read the text and is not answering after hearing the text read to them) We also use 'speaking' responses as well as 'writer's responses'
This is covered in the online training.
High-frequency words are explored, with all mapped.
There are generally 1000 words, whether using Oxford, Fry etc.
We need to be able to recognise these with automaticity, spell them correctly while writing and also
cross-reference the patterns when spelling new words or checking our writing.