The** Bridge Books** are decodable reading books for use alongside the Phonics for SEN and other systematic, synthetic phonics and linguistic phonics programmes.
The text in the books is carefully selected to reflect the sounds (and sound spellings) that the pupil(s) have worked on in class so that they are able to use their developing decoding skills and increasing phonic knowledge to read the words with accuracy. **The Bridge Books are designed to be the bridge from reading single words and phrases to reading connected text.
There are seven books for you to print out, covering the sounds:
Set 1: s a t p,
Set 2: i m n d,
Set 3: g o c k,
Set 4: e u r,
Set 5: h b f l,
Set 6: j v w x,
Set 7: y z.
These correspond to the sounds in the 7 sets covered in Book 1 of the Phonics for SEN programme.
Each book contains a simple story that is made up of words that the pupil will be able to decode once they have been taught the correspondence between the sounds and the letters of the appropriate set and have worked on developing the skill of blending.
In addition to the illustrated text, the Bridge Books include activities that support the pupil to experience reading success in a wider sense (as described in The Simple View of Reading – Tunmer & Gough 1986), developing automaticity, fluency and understanding of what they have read.
The books include activities and suggestions for working on:
• establishing context/ background knowledge – discussion before reading the story
• single word reading (decoding) – priming the pupil for reading the story
• vocabulary – focusing on words and phrases that may be unknown to the pupil
• text reading – reading the story
• reading comprehension – talking about what they have read – ‘about and around’ the story
Great to read in class or send home. Easy to print out and replace if lost.
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