Module One: Downloads and Links

An Introduction to Debbie and the Alphabetic Code Chart

Links to Useful Documents

Dedicated message forum for this course – please visit and feel free to contribute.

UK: House of Commons ‘Teaching Children to Read’ (March 2005)

UK: Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading Final Report, Jim Rose, March 2006

USA National Reading Panel ‘Teaching Children to Read’ (April 2000)

Australian Government report: ‘National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy’ (December 2005)

Resources with reference to the history of English, writing systems and teaching methods

A MUST watch: ‘How the Brain Learns to Read‘ – Professor Stanilas Dehaene’s short lecture (33 minutes)
Sir Jim Rose said of this video, “This lecture by Dehaene should be essential viewing for all those with a stake in teaching reading. It is amazing that his work has not made headlines earlier in clinching the case for high quality phonics work (SSP) and the acquisition of literacy. He brings neuroscience from the laboratory to the classroom in spades. I only wish it had been available when we did our Reading Review.” (June, 2016)

A Prototype for Teaching the English Alphabetic Code (Prof Diane McGuinness, Reading Reform Foundation Newsletter 49, Autumn Term 2002)

Recommended Reading from Professor Diane McGuinness:

The Adventure of English – The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg (Hodder & Stoughton, 2003)

Free online documentary series of Bragg’s ‘The Adventure of English’

‘Free Alphabetic Code Charts’ webpage:
From the section ‘Giant Charts for Classroom Wall Display’, select a copy of a giant Alphabetic Code Chart (pdf) suitable for your learner/s – or a ‘mini’ chart if you have no display space in your usual teaching area – or both for teaching and learning purposes.

Features of the Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles

The Potential of Alphabetic Code Charts and the Two-pronged Approach to Synthetic Phonics Teaching: Systematic and Incidental

Reflecting on the Teaching and Learning Cycle

Essential considerations for evaluating phonics programmes and provision including: ‘the maths of the phonics’

Video – The 3 Core Skills: Blending, Segmenting and Handwriting