In order to maximise gains in the early reading phase, students require access to high quality reading books. Quality early reading materials facilitate the opportunity for students to rehearse their decoding skills in a context that gradually increases in complexity and length. PLD have created modern yet engaging Home and Targeted Group Reading book bundles where sight words and phonic concepts are progressively introduced. The below reading books are designed to run alongside an evidence-based structured synthetic phonics program where screening and tracking are completed each term. Decodable readers typically should be viewed as a short-term resource, until students develop fluency and word attack skills.

Foundation Reading Books – Term 2, 3 & 4

Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW/ACT), Prep (QLD/VIC/TAS) Reception (SA) Transition (NT)

PLD recommends that once pre-literacy instruction (alphabet sounds, lowercase letter formation, phonemic awareness: blending & segmentation) has been explicitly taught in Term 1, you need to screen your students in Week 10. Based on the results of the testing, create three ability groups so that targeted group teaching can be scheduled from the outset in Term 2. For more information on how to set up your teaching groups and how to establish a consistent screening and tracking process, click here.

  • Set 1 of the Home and Targeted Group Reading books, have been designed for Semester 1 and feature VC and CVC words. Prior to allocating these initial reading books, pre-literacy skills (alphabet sounds, lowercase letter formation, phonemic awareness: blending & segmentation) must be taught and screened. The Early Reading Profile – Foundation Year screen (typically presented in week 6 of Term 2) will track student’s progress in the early weeks of learning to decode.
  • Set 2 of the Home and Targeted Group Reading books, have been designed for Term 3 & 4 and feature CVC, CCVC, and CVCC words. Prior to allocating students these sets, screen again (typically in Week 6 of Term 3 and 4). Download the screen HERE.

Year 1 Reading Book Sets – Term 1, 2, 3 & 4

By the end of Year 1, students should be ready to progress on from decodable reading books and be able to accurately and fluently read Stage 1 words and a percentage of Stage 2 words. To get your students here, PLD recommends the continuation of decodable reading material throughout Year 1.

  • Set 3 of the Home and Targeted Group Reading books, for Semester 1, feature Stage 1 and limited Stage 2 phonic concepts. Prior to allocating students these sets, screen your students (typically in Week 2 of Term 1 and Term 2). Download the screen HERE.
  • Set 4 of the Home and Targeted Group Reading books, for Semester 2, feature Stage 1 and Stage 2 phonic concepts with increased length. Prior to allocating students these sets, screen again (typically in Week 2 of Term 3 and Term 4). Download the screen HERE.

Home Reading Book Sets for Older Students Who Require Decodables

In every junior and middle primary classroom, there will be students who require decodable material beyond Year 1. If students are experiencing difficulty at a Stage 1 level (and as a consequence are not progressing at a pleasing rate) PLD recommends using this screen to determine the basis of the difficulties.

The assessment for students experiencing difficulty within Stage 1 screen has been designed to identify why students are not progressing or why they are experiencing difficulties acquiring skills. The screens highlight the additional skills that require targeting. The results should direct the efforts of Educational Assistants, parents, support staff, and teachers in making modifications to their targeted small group or individual teaching practices. Once you have defined your groups, take a look at the below Home Reader Further Practice books.

Early Reading Screening Tools & Book Labels

The below Early Reading Screening tools that will help to identify the appropriate allocation of reading books for your students. To ensure the allocation of PLD decodable readers is appropriately structured, download and attach the following labels during the accession process. Apply the sticker to the spine sight words of the book, folding in the middle. Click the ‘Read More’ buttons below to download.

PLD offers a range of instructional videos showcasing how you can establish a consistent screening and tracking process in your school. Click here for more information.

Watch Diana Rigg explain early reading in the videos below

Watch: Tracking Early Reading

Watch: Repeated Reading for Early Readers

If you have any questions about PLD’s decodable readers or anything else we do here at PLD, get in contact with us to [email protected] or through our online chat in the bottom right of our website.