The Word Sparks series combines explicit emphasis on extending vocabulary with systematic synthetic phonics practice matched to the Letters and Sounds Phases. Children will learn new vocabulary at the same time as developing their decoding skills, fluency and comprehension. At each book band and ORT Level there are eight expertly-written, colourful Word Sparks books. These are fully decodable at ORT Levels 1-6 / Lilac to Orange and then finely levelled according to ORT Levels 7-12 / Turquoise to Lime+. Word Sparks can be used alongside other Oxford Levelled or book banded scheme series.
Four partner books feature parallel texts – one page to be read by the child and one by the adult, thus extending vocabulary and opening up discussion. The other four regular texts have focus word boxes prompting adults to discuss the story and introduce new vocabulary to the child. In ORT Levels 1-6 the focus word boxes are expected to be read by the adult as this element is not decodable but is an opportunity to discuss and explore new words. The focus words have been carefully chosen because they are the words that children encounter when reading and need to express themselves in their speech and writing. These are words that are crucial for communication.
Each book has extensive notes provided on the inside cover and a handy list of GPC’s (grapheme-phoneme correspondence) and common words are printed on the back cover for ease of matching phonic learning and appropriate books to each reader. As well as being Partner and Regular texts the eight books at every level are from a range of genres: familiar settings, folk tales, funny stories, character adventure and Non-Fiction.
The ORT Level 10 / White books are expertly levelled to the Oxford / Book bands criteria.
A Splash of Fear (Familiar Settings / Partner Text)
Lotta Neck: Undercover Giraffe (Funny Stories / Partner Text)
The Tortoise and the Birds (Folk Tales / Partner Text)
The Search for Scott (Adventure Mouse mini-series / Regular Text)
The Secret Recipe (Adventure Mouse mini-series / Regular Text)
A Speck of Sawdust (Non-Fiction / Regular Text)
On Top of the World (Non-Fiction / Regular Text)
No Place Like Home (Non-Fiction / Regular Text)
Focus word boxes to be shared with an adult:
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