Sounds in Focus is a whole-school spelling and language programme.
We have been using Sounds in Focus throughout our school for one year now. We chose it initially, as we sought a scheme that would combine the focus on phonemes and graphemes in the teaching of spellings. We also felt that this programme would bring a focus back to phonics in the senior classes. We used the books in a graded spelling approach from September, based on results scored in the Drumcondra Spelling Test in the previous May. We found the brainstorming session on introduction of each sound to be beneficial for the children, whilst the downloadable games and activities acted as effective reinforcement.Heidi Jordan