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Questions relating to specific phonic concepts and SSP e.g. q, x & all?

all or al/l?
In SSP there are certain aspects that are 'tricky' or uncomfortable to apply to English. all is one concept that fits into this 'tricky' category.

c/al/l or c/all? Both are options, and there will be variation between SSP programs with this concept.
While c/all, f/all, t/all initially seems like an ideal way to proceed.
When students progress a loittle further in their learnign they encounter words such as w/al/k, t/al/k and then a little later they encounter words such as al/so, al/w/ay/s etc .

Looking at literacy overtime and aiming to apply a system that will work not only in the initial years of learning but into subsequent years, PLD typically has opted with this contentious issue for al/l ... but either way will work.

qu & x
As is explained in the online training both x and q do not fit with SSP.
In SSP, a phoneme is represented by a letter, a digraph (e.g. sh, ea, au), trigraph (e.g. igh, tch) or quadgraph (e.g. ough, aught).
With x the letter is linked to two phonems K+ W.
With q ther letter is linked to two phonems K+S
While these concepts are the 'tricky graphemes, in TimeSavers you will see a proposed colour coding and thereby the sounding-out strategy to apply. If you do not have this book, follow the link and select PREVIEW BOOK and view the proposed sounding process.

Updated on: 16/08/2022

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