Jane Jones

"Everyone Can Read is our mainstay reading programme which we use on a daily basis. Children make progress at an accelerated rate and, most importantly, students are pleased with their achievements."

Jane Jones, SEN Co-ordinator, Coundon Court Academy, Coventry

Syllable Success

This activity helps pupils to become truly independent readers by providing them with strategies for tackling the reading of longer words. It improves pupils’ spelling by highlighting common patterns in words and by providing a general framework for word building. It extends pupils’ vocabulary through the teaching of prefixes, root words and suffixes, and through the introduction and explanation of new words.

The Teacher’s Manual for Syllable Success contains 45 different syllable boards. Each syllable board is made up of a root word and a wide selection of prefixes and suffixes which can be added to the root word to make known English words, which can be seen in this example. For the teacher’s benefit, beneath each syllable board is a table containing a wide range of words which can be made up from that syllable board.

Syllable Success in action:

Syllable boards are arranged roughly in order of difficulty but they are independent of each other and do not have to be taught in sequence. There are several ways in which the boards can be used, all of which encourage the pupils to look closely at word structure and which are very useful in extending vocabulary.

A popular game using syllable boards is to find as many words as possible from the board in a given time. The pupil finding the most is given the opportunity to read out all his words to the group.

Activities using syllable boards normally take less than ten minutes of a lesson. From a given root word e.g. “PORT”, pupils are able to make up, read and spell words such as “transportation”, “reporter” and “exporting”. Opportunities for vocabulary expansion are obvious.

Syllable Success can be used with a small group or it can be a whole class activity.

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