Why Sound-Train?

Woody Windmill’s Why Page


Why is Sound-Train the best way to teach phonics to young learners?

A natural way for early speech sound and phonic development

Memorable characters for each sound aid individual phoneme retention

Structured to ensure complete phoneme-grapheme association.

It builds a secure basis for literacy and spelling.

Sound-Train connects to the child’s innate sense of sound-based and visual language learning. The course makes the most of these naturally linked skills to aid rapid, complete phonics development and to connect speech sounds to write and spelled words.

Each sound and the associated written language is connected to a particular character. It is easy for children to identify and recreate each sound and link it to the correct written equivalent. This helps children to develop their literacy correctly, preventing spelling and reading errors due to incorrect associations, such as caw, instead of cow, or sell, instead of shell.

Station 1 (Phonological Awareness and Speech Sounds for Preschool Nursery and Childminders)

EYFS Phonics Training
Station on is designed to engage the earliest part of each child’s sound recognition and speech sound creation process in a more natural way. This:

Promotes more rapid and rounded early development.
Lays a solid foundation for phonic development and later literacy

Station 2 (A Phonics programme for Reception and Key Stage 1)

KS1 Phonics Training

Station two helps children to develop phonics by linking developed speech sounds, familiar objects, engaging characters and written language. Unlike even the best phonics programmes, it creates a great basis for literacy, too.

Ensures identification and repetition of all phonemes.
Encourages early literacy development by building solid grapheme-phoneme correspondence

At Brackenwood Infant School we have been using the inspirational and research driven speech, sound and phonics program, Sound-Train, for the past three years. The impact that this fully resourced program has had on the quality of phonics teaching and learning throughout our school has been exceptional and was a huge part of us receiving an Ofsted grading of outstanding in November 2023. The focus that Sound-Train has on children’s early speech development and vocabulary ensures that every child can flourish in phonics, regardless of their starting points, backgrounds or cognitive barriers. The CPD that is provided by the team is exceptional and has enabled the Sound-Train Programme to become fully embedded into our day to day teaching and learning of early reading

Mr Mervyn

Headteacher, Brackenwood Infant School

“Phonics and reading teaching is clearly excellent as my child’s reading, letter formation & writing is amazing!”

Quote from recent parent survey

Why is Sound-Train best for teachers?

Sound-Train courses include all the resources needed to teach effective phonics, including:

• Complete, teach-ready lesson plans
• Individual phoneme training videos
• Attractive and engaging phonics picture books and character images
• Phonic flash cards and dictated sentence cards
• Teacher course guide

And the course works more naturally with children’s innate speech learning to ensure better development.