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Sunshine Books – Teaching the World to Read

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Supporting Teachers

Many teachers have questions about the theory behind synthetic phonics and others are looking for guidance on how best to approach teaching it. Our 1-Day Professional Learning Workshop “Cracking the alphabetic code! Read, write and spell with mastery. Implementing a systematic, synthetic phonics approach” provides educators with the theoretical pedagogy and understanding of the Science of Reading and the Science of Learning and the practical implementation of this in Year 1-3 classrooms.

Our presenter is Jude Tabuteau

Jude is a passionate junior teacher with a career spanning over 20 years. She has worked as a mentor teacher and team leader and is currently Literacy Curriculum Lead for her school. She has a particular interest in Literacy Intervention, so in addition to her work in the classroom, she is undertaking LMIT training in 2024. 

Jude’s most exciting and rewarding challenge has been leading her school’s transition to a whole school Structured Literacy approach. Running professional development sessions for staff, school whānau, and other educators across her Kahui Ako has enabled Jude to share her learning with others to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Science of Reading and evidenced-based practice. Developing a systematic, explicit approach to teaching literacy has transformed Jude’s classroom and positively impacted those she teaches. 

It has been wonderful for Jude to help so many children crack the alphabetic code and through doing so learn to read and write with greater confidence. 

The Workshop covers:

  • A theoretical look at the evidence base supporting a systematic phonics approach
  • The Sunshine Phonics Scope and Sequence for reading, writing and spelling.
  • Examples of practical and explicit classroom teaching
  • Why and how to use decodable books
  • Initial screening and ongoing assessment of students
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