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1 Assuring high quality phonic work snapshot self-assessment form The self-assessment below provides a snapshot of how this product meets the core criteria for a high quality phonics programme. For more detailed information on how this product meets each of the core criteria, please see the detailed form. When completing this form you will find it helpful to refer to the explanatory notes which can be found by [scrolling down the core criteria page of this website]. Name of product: Bug Club Is this a full, stand alone phonics teaching programme or a supplementary resource or group of resources? Please explain briefly how the product should be used in teaching. Bug Club is a supplementary resource that can be used alongside Phonics Bug or any other high-quality systematic synthetic phonics teaching resource. It is designed to provide carefully-structured consolidation and practice of phonic knowledge and skills. The progression is matched to Letters and Sounds and Phonics Bug, making it easy for each child to read books appropriate to their level. The books are available as printed books and as ebooks, enabling structured, well-supported practice at school and at home. This product: Bug Club presents high quality systematic, synthetic phonic work as the prime approach to decoding print, i.e. a phonics first and fast approach enables children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills using a systematic, synthetic programme by the age of five, with the expectation that they will be fluent readers having secured word recognition skills by the end of key stage one is designed for the teaching of discrete, daily sessions progressing from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills and covering the major grapheme/phoneme correspondences enables children s progress to be assessed uses a multi-sensory approach so that children learn variously from simultaneous visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities which are designed to secure essential phonic knowledge and skills demonstrates that phonemes should be blended, in order, from left to right, all through the word for reading Tick to confirm

2 demonstrates how words can be segmented into their constituent phonemes for spelling and that this is the reverse of blending phonemes to read words ensures that children apply phonic knowledge and skills as their first approach to reading and spelling even if a word is not completely phonically regular ensures that children are taught high frequency words that do not conform completely to grapheme/phoneme correspondence rules provides fidelity to the teaching framework for the duration of the programme, to ensure that these irregular words are fully learnt ensures that, as pupils move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they are invited to practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them, so that they experience success and learn to rely on phonemic strategies. Please explain how your product meets the core criteria above. Bug Club is a set of phonically-based reading books which can be used in conjunction with a synthetic phonics teaching programme such as Phonics Bug. After learning new phonemes and graphemes in Phonics Bug, children can step across to Bug Club for further consolidation and practice. The finely-levelled reading books and ebooks are supplemented with teaching cards, Photocopiable Masters, parent-notes, interactive online quizzes, and assessment resources that support synthetic phonics as the prime approach for decoding the texts. Bug Club books progressively cover the major phoneme to grapheme correspondences and less common ones. Bug Club provides text-linked phonic assessment worksheets linking Book Band reading levels to Phonic Phases. These enable the assessment of reading decodable and tricky words. Bug Club offers printed and ebooks so that children can continue to read decodable texts at home. Teaching cards for Reception and Year 1 books include a Phonics for Reading and a Phonics for Writing section that practise blending and segmenting. Every Reception and Year 1 book also has: - Phonic Phase linked to Letters and Sounds - Focus phonemes - High-frequency words

3 - The few context words that children may need support with Please provide a brief explanation of what your product provides, e.g. resources, training etc Bug Club provides 145 printed books and 145 ebooks developed in accordance with the Sets and Phonic Phases in Letters and Sounds. 145 cards for discrete guided reading / group reading sessions, including Phonics for Reading and Phonics for Writing reinforcement. A Teaching Guide per year group, including phonic assessment worksheets and writing Photocopiable Masters. Interactive quizzes embedded within the ebooks, including decoding (AF1) quizzes for practising phonic skills at home. An online reading world where teachers can assign ebooks to children for further independent practice, and track assessment data linked to children s completed quizzes. Contact details For more information on Bug Club, and how this programme links to the synthetic phonics programme, Phonics Bug, please visit

4 Assuring high quality phonic work Detailed self-assessment form This second self assessment form gives schools and settings detailed and expanded information about this product, set against each core criterion. Name of product: Bug Club Please explain how your product meets the following core criteria: This product presents high quality systematic, synthetic phonic work as the prime approach to decoding print by: Bug Club is a comprehensive set of readers and additional resources that places systematic, synthetic phonics at the heart of learning to read by: Offering decodable reading texts which are finely-levelled in accordance with the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds. Supporting these texts with rigorous blending and segmenting guidance for teachers and parents. Enabling phonics to be systematically embedded through practice at home, via the online reading world which allows the same decodable reader to be allocated to as many children as desired, thus keeping pace with the class teaching. This product enables children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills using a systematic, synthetic programme by the age of five, with the expectation that they will be fluent readers having secured word recognition skills by the end of key stage one by: Provides high-quality decodable reading books to enable blending-practice and promote fluency and enjoyment at every level of the programme. Provides engaging segmenting activities through online quizzes and Photocopiable Master follow-up work. Is designed to appeal to Reception and Key Stage 1 children through the use of much-loved characters such as Wallace & Gromit and Angelina Ballerina, cutting-edge design and innovative technology. Offers guidance on pre-phonics activities such as phonological awareness and speaking and listening so that young children are ready to move into more formal phonics successfully This product has been designed for the teaching of discrete, daily sessions progressing from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills and covering the major grapheme/phoneme correspondences by:

5 Bug Club is a supplementary resource, so does not suggest a pace for daily lessons. The supporting teaching cards for every reading book do, however, include discrete sessions for phonics practice. These sessions provide a fine progression from simple phonemes through the spectrum of difficulty towards vowel digraphs and trigraphs. Support is provided in the Planning and Assessment guides for schools who wish to use the Bug Club books in conjunction with the teaching programme Phonics Bug. This product enables children s progress to be assessed by: Offering decoding (AF1) quiz questions in the ebooks, which upon completion by a child, provides ongoing assessment data to their class teacher. Offering ongoing and explicit phonic-observation opportunities when using the teaching cards for every text. Providing phonic assessment worksheets for summative assessment and guidance for delivering these for every child. Encouraging self-assessment through the writing Photocopiable Masters. This product uses a multi-sensory approach so that children learn variously from simultaneous visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities which are designed to secure essential phonic knowledge and skills by: Providing notes for every text which draw upon the use of magnetic letters and letter cards etc. Providing decodable texts in printed and electronic formats, with ebooks containing interactive quizzes. ebook delivery also promotes seeing and hearing of sounds, words and texts. This product demonstrates that phonemes should be blended, in order, from left to right, all through the word for reading by: Notes for adult helpers on the inside covers of the books reinforce the practice of sounding out and blending through the word. Teaching cards provide sound buttons within the Phonics for Reading sections. This product demonstrates how words can be segmented into their constituent phonemes for spelling and that this is the reverse of blending phonemes to read words by: Teaching cards provide segmenting tasks within the Phonics for Writing sections e.g. Say the word card out loud and ask the children to sound-talk

6 it back to you (c/ar/d). Interactive quizzes within the ebooks provide segmenting activities. This product ensures that children apply phonic knowledge and skills as their first approach to reading and spelling even if a word is not completely phonically regular by: Bug Club encourages children to rehearse phonemes in the Phonics for Reading sessions, preparing them before reading the text. This supports the practice of applying their phonic knowledge as the first approach to reading. The words that children may need support with, within a book i.e. words that will not be 100% phonically regular at their stage of learning, are pulled out after the Phonics for Reading allowing teachers to rehearse these words with the group, applying their phonic skills. Irregular words are also practised within the books, using the principle that children decode the word as far as they can with the teacher or adult talking through the word s irregular aspect. This product ensures that children are taught high frequency words that do not conform completely to grapheme/phoneme correspondence rules by: Bug Club books cover both irregular and regular high frequency words. These are pulled out for the teacher in the Teaching Guides, on the teaching cards, and for the parent in the inside cover notes. Regular and irregular high-frequency words also feature in the Photocopiable Master and interactive quiz follow-up work. This product provides fidelity to the teaching framework for the duration of the programme, to ensure that these irregular words are fully learnt by: Irregular words are consistently highlighted to the teacher via the teaching cards, and to the parent via the inside front cover notes, to ensure that children continue to develop knowledge of irregular words. This product ensures that, as pupils move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they are invited to practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them, so that they experience success and learn to rely on phonemic strategies by:

7 By dovetailing with the teaching programme Phonics Bug, the decodable readers within Bug Club can be introduced after four units of Phonics Bug have been taught (i.e. after Set 4 within Letters and Sounds). Please note that some context words (i.e. words including unfamiliar grapheme-phoneme correspondences at a given stage) feature within Bug Club books. These are pulled out on the inside front cover with a note for adult helpers to introduce/support with these words. Bug Club offers 145 decodable readers for Phonic Phases 2 to 6. Please provide a brief explanation of what your product provides, e.g. resources, training etc Bug Club provides 145 printed books and 145 ebooks developed in accordance with the Sets and Phonic Phases in Letters and Sounds. 145 cards for discrete guided reading / group reading sessions, including Phonics for Reading and Phonics for Writing reinforcement. A Teaching Guide per year group, including phonic assessment worksheets and writing Photocopiable Masters. Interactive quizzes embedded within the ebooks, including decoding (AF1) quizzes for practising phonic skills at home. An online reading world where teachers can assign ebooks to children for further independent practice, and track assessment data linked to children s completed quizzes.

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