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Size and paper type:
Each frieze sheet is A4 (297mm x 210mm).
The paper quality is 150gsm with a silk finish.
Organising and sequencing:
The 96 one-sided frieze sheets (per set) ‘chunk’ the letter/-sound correspondences of the alphabetic code into 9 sub-sets with different coloured borders.
Each sub-set has sequential numbering.
In addition there is a selection of useful words to support spelling including many featured in the NNPS Pupil Books.
Teaching and learning tips for use in schools:
It’s ideal to have two parallel sets of frieze sheets to maximise teaching and learning support. One set can be displayed permanently, above eye-level is fine, to show the overview and order of the code as introduced systematically in the phonics lessons. This strongly supports embedding letter/s-sound correspondences already introduced and facilitates ‘incidental teaching and learning’ of letter/s-sound correspondences in printed material (books: print-to-sound) and writing (spelling:sound-to-print) arising in the wider curriculum. It also addresses differentiation for slower-to-learn children who can call upon large-font, permanent reference at any time (looking for reminders independently and/or pointed out by the teacher), and for children who can learn beyond the systematically-introduced code. Many children will become adept at self-teaching particularly when they understand the logic of how the alphabetic code is used for both reading and spelling.
A second set of frieze sheets can be used in a different way as part of the routine ‘teaching and learning cycle’. When each letter/s-sound correspondence is introduced systematically, the frieze sheet of the featured code can be added cumulatively to an eye-level display along with any tricky or unusual words featured or helpful at the time for reading and/or spelling. Although printed words are provided, teachers need to add any additional words to the display (written by hand) as required.
As part of ‘revision’ practice at the beginning of the teaching and learning cycle, and for in-between quick-fire practice and revision, the teacher can ‘say the sounds’ already covered in the phonics lessons, in an ad hoc order, and the children can point to the correlating frieze sheet on the permanently-displayed frieze. This is particularly helpful for beginners and slower-to-learn children as the mnemonic (aid to memory) key pictures are featured on the frieze sheets and support learning. This complements the resources in NNPS and PI such as the ‘Say the Sounds’ posters and sheets where only the print is provided (letters and letter groups) – without the key picture words.
Mnemonic (aid to memory) key picture-words:
The graphemes of the alphabetic code are shown in large font with example key pictures and printed words in the 9 NNPS Pupil Books, on the flashcards (NNPS Pupil Books 1 to 8) and on the frieze sheets (NNPS Books 1 to 9).
A grapheme is a letter or letter group that is code for a featured sound. The key picture-words on the flashcards and frieze sheets are also included on Debbie’s free printable/projectable Giant and Mini tabletop Alphabetic Code Charts, see:
Note: The No Nonsense Phonics Skills Starter Kit provides a USB stick with many additional resources including a printable overview Giant Alphabetic Code Chart.
Ready-made overview Alphabetic Code Charts:
Durable, ready-made pull-up or hang-down Giant alphabetic code charts, and Mini tabletop alphabetic code charts, are available to purchase from the shop on this website.