At Wellard Village our staff will use Sounds-Write to teach phonics, aligned to the Western Australian Curriculum. 

About Sounds-Write

Sounds-Write is a linguistic phonics program that uses an evidence-based and highly effective approach to teach reading and spelling. Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in the first three years of schooling (Pre-Primary to Year 2) within a classroom and offers highly effective intervention for children who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling (Year 3 to Year 6). The approach will also be used in upper primary within the context of teaching reading and spelling of subject specific terminology. 

Sounds-Write’s instructional method works effectively because it:

  • is a sound to print approach that teaches children in simple steps how the sounds of the language are represented by the writing system.
  • teaches the three essential skills of segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation necessary for reading and spelling throughout the programme on a daily basis until all children achieve the automaticity that underlies the fluency of every successful reader.

The Sounds-Write program was founded in the U.K, but it has been adopted in Australia, and is endorsed by the Department of Education and the Dyslexia Spled Foundation (DSF).

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Our home reading system from Pre-Primary to Year 2, will be underpinned by the Sounds-Write principles. Students will bring home decodable readers aligned to the code knowledge they have acquired and are learning. Students from Pre-Primary to Year 2, will be provided with texts to support their fluency development, this will involve repeated readings of the same text, over a week. Students from Year 3 to Year 6, who have not yet acquired the necessary code knowledge to be fluent readers, will be provided with age-appropriate intervention texts that support their continued development.