FRED Lending Library  
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The importance of context in decoding text

Strategies for recognising sound patterns, silent letters and compound words

Prefixes and root words

How English has 'borrowed' extensively from many other languages

The importance of alphabetic sequence in accessing indexed information (as in dictionaries, phone books)

Using common letter patterns to support reading fluency

Understanding the contributions of other languages to the English language

Information about different text types: persuasive, instructive, informative and descriptive

Strategies for recognising each type

Common features of forms

Skillswise - Dictionaries and Indexes

Practice in sorting information into alphabetical order
How to use a dictionary
How to use an index and contents pages

How to skim read texts for gist

How to scan texts for specific information

The difference between skimming and scanning

A variety of text types containing examples of both fact and opinion

The difference between fact and opinion

Strategies to differentiate between fact and opinion

Consideration of the use of fact and opinion in news reports

Recognising a variety of text formats (eg newspaper articles, charts, summaries, adverts, reviews)

Using skills covered in other topics to aid reading: skimming, scanning detailed reading

Using skills covered in other topics to aid understanding: fact and opinion, images and charts, summarising, use of dictionary

Creating different texts: an advert, a poster,
a book review

Understanding different types of fiction: genres (science fiction, historical fiction, ghost stories), imagery in poetry, reading with children

Features of non-fiction: reading for hobbies, reading newspapers and magazines (including skimming and scanning), online research

Video-clips, audio recordings of author and printable extracts of some Quick Reads.

Skills Workshop

A wide range of free literacy resources covering comprehension, reading strategies, punctuation etc  

Easy News  
This site uses simplified text and useful pictures to provide people with learning disabilities with easy to understand, politically neutral summaries of key news stories and events.

The Skillswise phonics tool gives you the opportunity to discover the correspondence between sounds and letters. You can hear the sounds of English in five different accents, see and hear how the letters in written words convert into sounds and how they blend.  

A list of free resources which are star rated indicating those easiest to navigate and with
illustrations to show what the sites are best for.  

FRED Learning Log
The Learning Log can be useful as a record of attendance. It also lists what has been covered during the session.  
For more information click on the links to open the Guidance and the Learning Log.

Resources from Training Sessions

Using Language Experience to support your learner:

Language Experience Instructions

Language Experience - Patrick’s Story

Language Experience - more ideas

Phonic activities including online activities

Refresher of Onset and Rime

Directed Activities Related to Texts  DARTs

Template for Alphabet Cards

Domino cards for Manual 1 p.101

Domino Template for Onset and Rime

Initial Blends Pack

Short End Chunks for Manual 1 set 1

Short End Chunks for Manual 1 set 2


Turning Pages Overview

Turning Pages - Key Information

Writing checklist

Examples of Multisensory Activities

Using Reading Books and Everyday Texts

Alphabet cards

Alphabet strips