Research suggests that in the first 18 months of learning to read, the presentation of decodable reading material will produce the highest gains. This means within the Foundation school year and into Year 1 all students will benefit from two years of full access to decodable reading books. (For some students, this reading material is also useful in Year 2 & 3).
How can PLD provide downloadable decodable reading material?
In the period of school closure, many schools are struggling to locate decodable reading material that can be supplied to parents. An option worth considering is the PLD Phonic Dictation books and eBooks. These resources contain short phonic rich passages in which students are encouraged to read each day and have their oral reading timed. Repeated reading is an evidence-based technique to facilitate fluency. The tasks will also likely benefit phonic concepts transferring into writing.
How do the PLD phonic passages also target editing and writing?
Phonic Dictation tasks require minimal printing and present a phonic-based reading, editing and writing process that is relatively easy to communicate. Free examples from each book have been provided within the Home Learning resources. A simple weekly routine is proposed below:
Monday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading. Task 2: A simple comprehension task, in which students illustrate (and label) as many elements in the passage as is possible.
Tuesday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading. Task 3: Copying and handwriting practice, by copying the passage.
Wednesday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading. Task 4: Editing practise by identifying and correcting the errors within the passage.
Thursday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading. Task 5: First attempt at the rewriting of the passage in the context of dictation.
Friday: Read the allocated passage and time the reading. Task 5: Second attempt at the rewriting of the passage in the context of dictation.
Examples of Phonic Dictation reading material from Stage 1:
- Stage 1 – Phonic Dictation – CVC passage: Tom was in bed
- Stage 1 – Phonic Dictation – Sh passage: Going fishing
- Stage 1 – Phonic Dictation – CCVC passage: Fred’s trip
Click HERE or on the images below to download 18 pages of Phonic Dictation tasks for Year 1.
Examples of Phonic Dictation reading material from Stage 2:
- Stage 2 – Phonic Dictation – oa passage – Tom the Toad
- Stage 2 – Phonic Dictation – sh passage – Bree’s Shop
- Stage 2 – Phonic Dictation – CCVC and CCCVC passage – Drenching Rain
Click HERE or on the images below to download 18 pages of Phonic Dictation tasks for Year 2.
Watch Diana Rigg break down the content for each book and explain how it aligns with PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) approach.
Due to popular demand, the Phonic Dictation series has been digitized, these eBooks contain between 42 and 74 phonic passages. Find more about the Phonic Dictation eBooks by clicking on the links below.
PLD also provides a range of decodable in-school and at-home readers HERE. We hope you enjoyed this blog. At PLD we are always available to help you achieve the best possible literacy outcomes for your students. If you have any questions about Phonic Dictation or anything else we do here at PLD get in touch with us through our chat icon in the bottom right of the screen or to [email protected].