The Introductory Course lets you in on the secrets that have consistently made Fitzroy Community School one of Australia’s top ranking primary schools. It is a map that will give you not just specific details on how to best use our celebrated educational materials, but also provide you with the fundamental principles behind everything we do.
The Fitzroy Method is used by thousands of Australian schools, home- schoolers and education-savvy parents. It has had huge success, not just in Australia, but in many countries around world, including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand.
Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness
- Tuning into sounds(phonemic awareness)
- Listening and remembering sounds
- Talking about sounds through music and movement, Rhyme and Rhythm, speaking and listening skills.
- Nursery rhymes, songs, action rhymes
Basic letter and Sounds
- Introduction of letters and their sounds one at a time
- Teaching the difference between letters and their sounds
- Use the knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words eg the letter b says /b/ , the letter m says /m/ (mmm and not muh) s says /s/ (ssss and not suh)
- A complete understanding of sounds provides a strong base for decoding and forming words.
Phonics - From the basics to the tricks and traps – including the things you may not know but need to.
Phonics System and Structure - Why many literacy programmes can’t succeed. How to create a course that guarantees reading and writing success.
First Letters - How to build letter reading and writing confidence and achieve long-term memory retention.
Word Formation - Moving from letters to words. How to use games to accelerate reading and writing skills.
Phonics in the Classroom - The dos and don’ts of teaching kids phonics. Why phonics classes require phonics teaching methods.
Evaluating Students - Tips for finding and correcting learning difficulties.
Complexities of the English Language
- In this phase students learn more about graphemes and phonemes.
- Common spelling alternatives, For example long sound /a/ is produced by grapheme a-e, ai, ay, eigh etc.
Decoding by syllables
- By this phase children are able to read and spell words with adjacent consonants eg soft, cold, etc.
- They are able to break up words (decode) according to the syllables which will help them to decode and sound out the word correctly.
Spelling Rules - They also understand that short and long vowels have an important role in the way words are decoded eg tap, tape, hug, huge
This course is divided into 14 ‘modules’. Each module is sub-divided into lessons, or ‘parts’. Each ‘part’ contains a video tutorial, printable notes/video slides, links to downloads, additional video, resources, research papers and further recommended reading. Each ‘lesson’ in Modules One to Twelve should be completed systematically and the ‘quiz’/progress check completed before the student proceeds to the next lesson/part. The ‘quiz’/progress check may be re-set and re-taken in order to achieve the required pass mark to proceed to the next lesson/part.