We have been using the Crack the Code program at our school for the past two years. Originally designed to be used in clinical therapy with additional home support, the program has been adapted for use in a whole class setting. Our Prep students are introduced to the program towards the end of Term 1 once they have been introduced to a selected number of sounds. They learn to blend and track sounds in words leading to writing and reading words of increasing number of sounds. Lessons are differentiated so that more able students advance through the program.
Similarly in Year 1, lessons are differentiated with students able to apply spelling rules and base words and endings to enable them to read and write words. Our data indicates improved levels of reading and spelling across both year levels. Our parents are delighted with the progress of their children and are very supportive of the program. We are so impressed with the success of this
sequential program that it is being introduced into Years 2 and 3 for 2014.