Help your child to read and write

Sounds-Write Phonics Program, Initial Code, Units 1-7
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27,581 students
Help your child to read and write
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (3,151 ratings)
27,581 students
help your child take their first steps in reading and spelling;
understand how to help your child build, write and read simple cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words;
understand how to correct your child when they make a mistake in their reading or writing simple words;
have a basic understanding of how phonics works.


  • You don't need any prior knowledge.

This course introduces you to the Sounds-Write phonics program, and gives you the knowledge, resources and activities you need to help your child to start learning to read and write. 

The course is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4 to 6 who want to know how to get their children started in their journey towards becoming literate. 

If your child is using Sounds-Write at school, this course will teach you how to support them with their homework. This course is also suitable for those who are homeschooling their children.  

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Who this course is for:
  • The course is for parents or carers who want to give their children aged 4 to 6 years a good start in learning to read and spell using a phonics program. It is not really designed for teachers or for helping older children who have reading difficulties.
Course content
7 sections • 20 lectures • 1h 18m total length
  • Welcome!
  • What's this phonics course about?
  • Segmenting and blending
  • Modelling and practice
  • How do children learn best?
  • Why use phonics to teach young children to read and write?
  • What reading and writing is about
    6 questions
  • Letters stand for sounds
  • Sounds can be spelled with more than one letter
  • One sound, different spellings; one spelling, different sounds
  • The Initial Code: Key concepts
    3 questions
  • Word building
  • Word building: error correction
  • Word building: more common errors
  • The ingredients of a good lesson: teaching the Initial Code - Units 1 to 6
  • Word reading
  • Word reading: error correction
  • Word reading: more common errors
  • One letter, two sounds
  • Two letters, one sound
  • Unit 7
    2 questions
  • Sound Swap
  • Sounds Swap error correction

Sounds-Write literacy
John Walker
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John is a literacy expert and trainer, and co-author of the Sounds-Write literacy program. He has many years of teaching experience, and has taught all the way from reception to post-graduate level. John is passionate about making sure that all children learn to read to mastery level so they can fulfil their potential.