Synthetic Phonics has grown to become the dominant approach in early literacy, attracting substantial resources from the Department for Education. The system enables new readers to recognise the individual sounds of English and to blend ('synthesise') them, building the confidence to tackle unfamiliar words without relying on memory or guesswork.
A snail causes chaos for Gail. Snail Trail is one of a fantastic new fiction reading series for children aged 5+ that combines structured phonic progression with great artwork and fun stories. Devised with the help of an expert consultant, it is sure to enable children to achieve reading success. Specially created for use by both parents and teachers, I Love Reading Phonics is a dedicated, comprehensive reading scheme based on Synthetic Phonics and arranged in 7 progressive levels, giving plenty of practice in all the sounds of the English language. Each book includes clear information on Synthetic Phonics, a pronunciation grid and expert advice on how to get the most out of each title. Level 3 titles explore vowel diagraphs (two vowels that join to form a single sound).
Sally began writing in 1984 while working as Editorial Director of a nationwide children's book club. She has been writing full time since 1995 and has had over 150 books published - from picture books to young readers to young novels. She won the Nestle Smarties Gold Award for her children's novel, Spilled Water, and her Hodder picture book, Shhh! (with Peter Utton), won the Children's Book Award, as well as being runner-up for the Smarties Prize. Keep Out!, Help! and It's the Troll! have followed on from Shhh!, all of them illustrated by Peter Utton, and all of them sharing great elements of surprise and humour, designed to encourage fun interaction with their audience.