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Phonic Sound Wall Charts for Stage or Year 4 and beyond? What does PLD offer and recommend?

What is a PLD Phonic Sound Wall display?

A sound wall is an interactive display of phonic concepts and words that is organised by and/or emphasises individual sounds (phonemes).

Commonly there is one wall for consonants and one for vowels. Sound walls focus on the formation of phonemes which gives young students a structure that helps them understand the foundation of language and written literacy.

As we know from current research about the science of reading, children learn to read through the application of orthographic mapping, a speech-to-print process where letters are mapped to known speech sounds.

PLD Sound Charts
Stages 1 to 3

Charts focused upon the phonemes and phonic concepts
The corresponding visual of a mouth
A simple description (e.g. tongue tapping sound, lip popping sound, peeking tongue sound, coughing or huffing sound)
A detailed description
Icons identifying if the phoneme is a long or short, quiet or noisy, or vowel or consonant sound
Areas to add words (making the charts interactive rather than static)

Stage 4 and beyond

At this stage, the PLD Sound Wall Charts do not go beyond Stage 3.

Stage 4, 5 & 6 are largely focused on syllables and morpheme concepts; there is a shift from synthetic phonics and attention to phonemes.

Teachers can use the phonic flash cards in the TimeSavers Stages 3 & 4 for Stage 4 concepts.
Stage 4 Flash Cards

For Stages 5 & 6, teachers can use the affixes posters found in the TimeSavers Stage 5 & 6 (pg.187-190)
Stage 5 & 6 Affixes

Additional Information

You can find the PLD sound wall charts HERE

Read our blog Tips for Getting the Most Out of Sound Wall Charts

Read additional information about Sound Walls & Structured Synthetic Phonics Programs

Updated on: 02/03/2023

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