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STRAT<strong>EG</strong>Y<br />



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Daily practice<br />

Skill builders<br />

Decodable stories<br />

Authentic texts<br />

Assessments<br />

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information about the series<br />

key features <strong>and</strong> inclusions<br />

links to digital resources<br />

link to workbook answers<br />

guide to using the workbooks<br />

free decodable stories <strong>and</strong> sample pages

Meet the team!<br />

Meet the team that helped bring you the Star strategy decodable workbook series.<br />

Educational<br />

Content Writer<br />

Br<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

Story Artist<br />

Desktop<br />

Publishing Team<br />

Artists<br />

Educators<br />

Mary-Anne is a primary school educator who has taught in various<br />

education settings throughout Australia. She joined R.I.C. Publications<br />

in 2020, <strong>and</strong> commenced training in multisensory structured language<br />

instruction in 2023. For this series, Mary-Anne has teamed up with Dr<br />

Rosemary Allen to review the content of the decodable stories. She also<br />

worked collaboratively with Dyslexia Advisor, Kate Finnie, to develop<br />

<strong>and</strong> refine the Star strategy <strong>and</strong> activities. Mary-Anne draws upon her<br />

expertise as an educator <strong>and</strong> mother to create the Authentic texts that<br />

engage young children in their early years of primary school.<br />

Jasmine is an experienced graphic artist who has worked with R.I.C.<br />

Publications for over 15 years. She is a visual storyteller with a passion<br />

for creating engaging educational publications <strong>and</strong> children's literature.<br />

Armed with her computer, iPad, <strong>and</strong> many cups of coffee, Jasmine brings<br />

the Star strategy stories to life with her captivating illustrations.<br />

CLIFF<br />

Jordan<br />

JENNY<br />

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Introducing the expert contributors to the Star strategy series<br />

Meet Dr Rosemary Allen: Author of the Star<br />

strategy decodable stories<br />

Meet Dr Rosemary Allen, an accomplished<br />

educator <strong>and</strong> the creative mind behind the<br />

‘Star strategy’ decodable stories. With her<br />

rich tapestry of experience <strong>and</strong> qualifications,<br />

Dr Allen brings a wealth of knowledge to<br />

this series.<br />

Dr Allen's journey commenced with primary<br />

teaching, where she skilfully guided learners<br />

through subjects ranging from Music to Physical<br />

Education. Her expertise exp<strong>and</strong>ed into<br />

secondary education, where she taught English,<br />

English Literature, <strong>and</strong> English as a Second<br />

Language (ESL). This extensive classroom<br />

experience refined her underst<strong>and</strong>ing of<br />

language acquisition at various levels.<br />

Her contribution to education has extended to<br />

the tertiary level, where she became a senior<br />

fellow, lecturing in teacher education. Here<br />

she was involved in preparing ESL learners for<br />

university studies, bridging the gap between<br />

fundamental language skills <strong>and</strong> aspirations of<br />

higher learning.<br />

Dr Allen's administrative roles as a primary<br />

school principal in Western Australia, Indonesia,<br />

<strong>and</strong> Singapore, demonstrate her strength in<br />

leadership. Furthermore, her tenure as principal<br />

of a primary <strong>and</strong> secondary ESL school in<br />

Singapore, showcases her expertise in language<br />

instruction <strong>and</strong> cross-cultural education.<br />

‘My students <strong>and</strong> their parents have really<br />

enjoyed using this workbook. It is an<br />

engaging reinforcement of our classroom<br />

learning, <strong>and</strong> the decodable stories at<br />

varied levels means individuals have a<br />

chance to succeed.’<br />

—Kate Finnie, Accessibility <strong>and</strong> Dyslexia Advisor<br />

Her roles extended to<br />

consultancy <strong>and</strong> advisory<br />

positions, both nationally <strong>and</strong><br />

internationally. As an invited<br />

speaker at conferences,<br />

universities, <strong>and</strong> schools<br />

around the world – including<br />

Thail<strong>and</strong>, Singapore, Taiwan,<br />

<strong>and</strong> Indonesia – she shared<br />

her insights on literacy<br />

education. Notably, she<br />

founded <strong>and</strong> coordinated<br />

the Adopt a Library Project,<br />

affirming her commitment to<br />

accessible learning resources.<br />

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Dr Allen's academic journey is equally<br />

remarkable. Her Bachelor of Education,<br />

Master of Education in Applied Linguistics,<br />

<strong>and</strong> her Doctor of Philosophy with a focus on<br />

contrastive rhetoric <strong>and</strong> academic writing, in<br />

addition to numerous certificates, highlight her<br />

dedication to continuous learning.<br />

As the author of the Star strategy stories, Dr<br />

Allen expertly bridges theory <strong>and</strong> practice. Her<br />

extensive teaching background, administrative<br />

roles, <strong>and</strong> academic pursuits have culminated<br />

in a high-quality product that enriches literacy<br />

education. The Star strategy stories st<strong>and</strong><br />

as proof of Dr Rosemary Allen's enduring<br />

commitment to nurturing confident <strong>and</strong><br />

capable readers.<br />

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Star strategy educator guide <strong>and</strong> sample pages<br />

Published by R.I.C. Publications® <strong>and</strong> Prim-Ed Publishing 2024<br />

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About the books<br />

Are you ready to embark on an exciting adventure to help your learner spell <strong>and</strong> read confidently?<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbook series is here to guide you along the way. Developed using<br />

a comprehensive body of research known as The science of reading, these unique workbooks<br />

offer a systematic <strong>and</strong> cumulative approach to teaching learners the connection between letters<br />

<strong>and</strong> sounds.<br />

Through engaging, multisensory Daily practice <strong>and</strong> Skill builder activities, the Star strategy<br />

decodable workbooks help your learner build the essential skills they need to transform letters into<br />

words, words into stories, <strong>and</strong> stories into underst<strong>and</strong>ing.<br />

What does each workbook include?<br />

Each workbook introduces six sets of letters<br />

(graphemes) <strong>and</strong> sounds (phonemes), <strong>and</strong><br />

includes the following resources for each set:<br />

• A one-page ‘Daily practice’ poster that<br />

covers the introduced letters, sounds, <strong>and</strong><br />

words with sounds that are irregular (‘Bright<br />

star words’) or have not yet been introduced<br />

(‘Star words’).<br />

• Four ‘Skill builder’ pages that help learners<br />

practise their letter <strong>and</strong> sound recognition,<br />

<strong>and</strong> their decoding <strong>and</strong> encoding skills.<br />

• A ‘Check in’ page that supports educators<br />

with monitoring <strong>and</strong> assessing their<br />

learner’s progress.<br />

• Decodable stories that target the sounds<br />

used in the set <strong>and</strong> provide reinforcement of<br />

letters <strong>and</strong> sounds taught in previous sets.<br />

• Supporting digital resources, including<br />

flashcards <strong>and</strong> word work templates.<br />

• A h<strong>and</strong>y ‘Pre-assessment’ page to help you<br />

easily determine each workbook’s suitability<br />

for your learner, ensuring a customised <strong>and</strong><br />

effective learning experience right from<br />

the start.<br />

• A ‘Bridging activity’ (in Pink, Yellow, <strong>and</strong><br />

Green) to prepare your learner for the<br />

content they will cover in the next workbook.<br />

• Purposefully designed, black-<strong>and</strong>-white<br />

layout to support fine motor development<br />

through colouring <strong>and</strong> tracing activities that<br />

are included in the engaging illustrations.<br />

• Printed on low-glare, s<strong>and</strong>-coloured paper to<br />

provide a comfortable reading experience for<br />

learners with visual sensitivities.<br />

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• Three engaging, real-world ‘Authentic texts’<br />

with comprehension questions to read <strong>and</strong><br />

discuss together. These texts introduce<br />

learners to different genres outside the<br />

decodable stories, <strong>and</strong> aim to enhance their<br />

language comprehension.<br />

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• Progress badges <strong>and</strong> a certificate of<br />

completion for learners to celebrate their<br />

reading progress.<br />

• Fun, bonus activities <strong>and</strong> ‘Seek-<strong>and</strong>-find’<br />

questions that encourage learners to engage<br />

with the decodable stories in different ways.<br />

• Cut-out letters for h<strong>and</strong>s-on practice with<br />

decoding <strong>and</strong> encoding.<br />

• A cut-<strong>and</strong>-colour bookmark for learners to<br />

use to keep track of their place.<br />

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What is the Star strategy?<br />

Aligned with a comprehensive body of research<br />

known as The science of reading, the ‘Star<br />

strategy’ presents a simple, evidence-based<br />

approach to fostering proficient <strong>and</strong> confident<br />

readers <strong>and</strong> writers. With cumulative <strong>and</strong><br />

systematic phonics instruction, this strategy<br />

develops essential early literacy skills in a fun<br />

<strong>and</strong> engaging way.<br />

The five arms of the Star strategy<br />

The Star strategy is based on the idea that five<br />

key skills are essential for developing literacy<br />

proficiency. These five skills are:<br />

1. phonemic awareness<br />

2. phonics knowledge<br />

3. reading fluency<br />

4. vocabulary development<br />

5. reading comprehension.<br />

Encoding <strong>and</strong> decoding: The essentials of<br />

early literacy<br />

The Star strategy strongly emphasises<br />

encoding <strong>and</strong> decoding, two fundamental<br />

skills that are essential for proficient reading<br />

<strong>and</strong> writing. ‘Encoding’, or spelling, involves<br />

converting sounds into written symbols (speech<br />

to print). Whereas, ‘decoding’, or reading, is<br />

underst<strong>and</strong>ing the relationship between letters<br />

<strong>and</strong> sounds (print to speech).<br />

The Star strategy’s emphasis on encoding <strong>and</strong><br />

decoding reflects findings from The science<br />

of reading, which highlight the connection<br />

between these two skills. Within the Star<br />

strategy, learners practise encoding <strong>and</strong><br />

decoding skills together. This helps them<br />

recognise that letters represent sounds<br />

<strong>and</strong> that sounds can be transformed into<br />

written symbols.<br />

Fostering fluency <strong>and</strong> vocabulary<br />

The Star strategy extends beyond decoding<br />

<strong>and</strong> encoding to encompass fluency <strong>and</strong><br />

vocabulary development, two critical aspects<br />

of reading proficiency. The Star strategy<br />

is designed to improve reading fluency by<br />

providing scaffolding <strong>and</strong> repeated reading<br />

practice. Vocabulary development is crucial<br />

for enhancing reading comprehension, <strong>and</strong> the<br />

Star strategy includes vocabulary instruction as<br />

a part of its framework. This enables learners<br />

to discover new words <strong>and</strong> their meanings in<br />

the context of interesting stories <strong>and</strong> activities.<br />

This approach is consistent with The science<br />

of reading’s research, which has shown<br />

that vocabulary is a significant predictor of<br />

reading comprehension.<br />

Harnessing the power of<br />

multisensory learning<br />

The Star strategy embraces a multisensory<br />

approach, engaging learners’ visual, auditory,<br />

<strong>and</strong> kinesthetic senses to strengthen their<br />

underst<strong>and</strong>ing <strong>and</strong> retention of information.<br />

This approach aligns with The science<br />

of reading’s emphasis on using multiple<br />

pathways to maximise the effectiveness of<br />

literacy instruction.<br />

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The Star strategy develops confident readers<br />

<strong>and</strong> writers by providing a supportive <strong>and</strong><br />

engaging framework that empowers learners<br />

to explore <strong>and</strong> master the language. The<br />

Star strategy’s structured approach ensures<br />

that learners receive consistent <strong>and</strong> explicit<br />

instruction, progressively building upon their<br />

knowledge <strong>and</strong> skills.<br />

What sets the Star strategy apart is its<br />

inclusion of Authentic texts, which expose<br />

learners to a range of genres. This broadens<br />

their underst<strong>and</strong>ing of language <strong>and</strong> prepares<br />

them for real-world reading <strong>and</strong> writing. When<br />

used with the suggested discussion points for<br />

before, during, <strong>and</strong> after reading, these texts<br />

enhance learners’ language comprehension <strong>and</strong><br />

develop their ability to underst<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> extract<br />

meaning from texts.<br />

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The Star strategy is the ultimate solution for<br />

nurturing proficient <strong>and</strong> confident readers <strong>and</strong><br />

writers. With its comprehensive <strong>and</strong> practical<br />

approach, the Star strategy empowers learners<br />

to master the essential skills required for<br />

literacy success.<br />

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Let’s take a closer look at the features …<br />

Predictable sequence of activities<br />

to support independent learning.<br />

Each set includes a Daily practice<br />

page, four Skill builder pages, a<br />

Check in page, <strong>and</strong> decodable<br />

‘Star stories’.<br />

Engaging posters to support<br />

effective decoding <strong>and</strong><br />

fluency strategies.<br />

Learners can refer to these<br />

throughout their reading journey<br />

to help them develop strategies for<br />

successful reading.<br />

CHECK<br />

IN<br />

DAILY<br />

Fluency checklist<br />

‘STARS’ is a special word that can help you remember five<br />

ways to become a fluent reader.<br />

Spot the punctuation. Take a short<br />

breath when you see a comma (,)<br />

<strong>and</strong> pause when you see a full stop<br />

(.) Remember to change the sound of<br />

your voice when you see a question<br />

mark (?) or exclamation mark (!)<br />

Take your time. Don’t read too<br />

fast or too slow. Just read at a<br />

comfortable pace.<br />

Accuracy is important. Try to read<br />

each word correctly <strong>and</strong> don’t<br />

guess if you’re not sure. Use the<br />

decoding strategies on page 96.<br />

Read with feeling. Remember, don’t<br />

talk like a robot! Use your talking<br />

voice <strong>and</strong> make the story exciting<br />

with lots of expression!<br />

Scoop the words <strong>and</strong> phrases. Try<br />

scooping the words <strong>and</strong> phrases<br />

together like a little song to make<br />

your reading sound smoother.<br />

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Activities to support fine<br />

motor development.<br />

Fun, trace-<strong>and</strong>-colour artwork helps<br />

develop fine motor skills <strong>and</strong> engage<br />

learners.<br />

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STORY<br />

Decoding strategies<br />

If you get stuck, try following these tips to help you decode<br />

tricky words.<br />

pop<br />

corn<br />

Point to the word you do not know.<br />

Look at the whole word from left to right. Can<br />

you see any letter patterns you know?<br />

For longer words, use the vowel sounds to help<br />

you chunk the word into syllables.<br />

Point to each letter or letter pattern, <strong>and</strong> slowly<br />

blend the sounds together as you read them<br />

out loud.<br />

Listen to the word. Does it make sense? Try<br />

reading the whole sentence again.<br />

If you are still stuck, ask an adult for help.<br />

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Visual cues to support effective<br />

segmenting <strong>and</strong> blending.<br />

Sound buttons are used to help<br />

learners recognise letter patterns<br />

when decoding <strong>and</strong> encoding words.<br />

The star icon used for Bright star<br />

words helps learners identify the<br />

irregular sounds that they must<br />

remember in order to read <strong>and</strong> spell<br />

these words accurately.<br />

H<strong>and</strong>y Pre-assessment <strong>and</strong><br />

Bridging activity pages.<br />

Use these to evaluate learners'<br />

knowledge <strong>and</strong> skills, <strong>and</strong><br />

ensure a seamless transition<br />

between workbooks.<br />

Note: The Purple workbook has no<br />

Bridging activity. Instead, learners<br />

will look for alternative spellings of<br />

the learnt sounds in a captivating,<br />

illustrated scene.<br />

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NOTES<br />

Pre-assessment<br />

The following three phonemic awareness skills are essential for effective reading <strong>and</strong> spelling.<br />

While you may choose to use this oral assessment to evaluate your learner’s skills before<br />

starting this workbook, it is not compulsory as the workbook integrates phonemic awareness<br />

activities throughout.<br />

Skill 1: The learner can isolate initial phonemes.<br />

Script: ‘The word is (say the word). Say the sound you hear at the start of (say the word).’<br />

Practise: ‘The word is “cat”. It starts with /c/.’<br />

sun dog hat jam fin<br />

Skill 2: The learner can identify final phonemes.<br />

Script: ‘The word is (say the word). Say the sound you hear at the end of (say the word).’<br />

Practise: ‘The word is “tub”. It ends with /b/.’<br />

bag duck fit lap gum<br />

Skill 3: The learner can segment three phonemes.<br />

Script: ‘How many sounds can you hear in the word (say the word)? Put up one finger for each<br />

sound you say.’<br />

Practise: ‘The word is “hen”. /h/ (put up one finger) /e/ (put up second finger) /n/ (put up third<br />

finger). There are three sounds in “hen”.’<br />

cat leg bin mess rock<br />

Skill 4: The learner can blend three phonemes.<br />

Script: ‘Listen to the sounds I say. What word does (say each phoneme) make?’<br />

Practise: ‘/h/ (put up one finger) /o/ (put up second finger) /t/ (put up third finger). The<br />

sounds make the word “hot”.’<br />

/s/ /i/ /t/ /p/ /a/ /n/ /m/ /o/ /p/ /r/ /e/ /d/ /b/ /u/ /n/<br />

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Continue your reading journey with the Yellow Star strategy<br />

decodable workbook. Let’s look at what you will learn.<br />

These new letter sounds:<br />

j<br />

/j/<br />

qu<br />

/kw/<br />

These new digraphs:<br />

v<br />

/v/<br />

w<br />

/w/<br />

x<br />

/ks/<br />

sh in fish ch in chip th in moth<br />

or that<br />

These long vowel sounds:<br />

y<br />

/y/<br />

z<br />

/z/<br />

ng in king<br />

/a/ /e/ /i/ /o/ /u/<br />

They sound the same as the letter names.<br />

Words with four or more sounds:<br />

pin<br />

•••<br />

Colour the word that has four sounds.<br />

spin<br />

• • • •<br />

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A variety of decodable stories.<br />

A range of stories for each level<br />

gives your learners variety <strong>and</strong><br />

choice, keeping them motivated<br />

<strong>and</strong> engaged.<br />

STAR<br />

STORY 1<br />

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A snack for Griff <strong>and</strong> Deb<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Pink workbook<br />

Set 1<br />

Pat<br />

The sap<br />

The tap<br />

Pat at the taps<br />

Badges <strong>and</strong> completion<br />

certificates for recording progress<br />

<strong>and</strong> achievement.<br />

Help build learners’ confidence <strong>and</strong><br />

provide motivation to continue their<br />

reading journey with badges <strong>and</strong><br />

a completion certificate that they<br />

can colour.<br />

Authentic texts with a variety of<br />

image types.<br />

These help bridge the gap between<br />

controlled, decodable texts<br />

<strong>and</strong> real-world texts, playing a<br />

vital role in enhancing learners’<br />

language comprehension.<br />

Cut-out letters <strong>and</strong><br />

digital resources.<br />

Set 2<br />

Set 3<br />

Set 4<br />

Set 5<br />

Set 6<br />

1<br />

1<br />

1<br />

Spin <strong>and</strong> tap<br />

Mend the net!<br />

Cod<br />

1<br />

2<br />

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TEXT<br />

The hot, red hen<br />

Jack!<br />

2 1<br />

2<br />

2<br />

Digital safety song<br />

(To the tune of ‘The wheels on the bus’.)<br />

1 2<br />

When we use our devices we sit, sit, sit.<br />

Sit, sit, sit. Sit, sit, sit.<br />

When we use our devices we sit, sit, sit.<br />

So they don’t get broken.<br />

The passwords we use are long <strong>and</strong> strong.<br />

Long <strong>and</strong> strong. Long <strong>and</strong> strong.<br />

The passwords we use are long <strong>and</strong> strong.<br />

We never, ever share them.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

We do not tell our name or address.<br />

That’s private! That’s private!<br />

We do not tell our name or address.<br />

And never chat with strangers.<br />

We check before we click a link.<br />

‘Can I click?’ ‘Can I click?’<br />

We check before we click a link.<br />

We ask our trusted adult.<br />

Pip <strong>and</strong> Mim<br />

The desk<br />

Meg camps<br />

Get back up<br />

1<br />

1<br />

1<br />

1<br />

1<br />

Nip naps<br />

Camp<br />

I want a pet<br />

Tiff gets the bus<br />

BUS<br />

Fig jam<br />

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The letters <strong>and</strong> letter patterns used<br />

in each set are included in the back<br />

of the workbook. These are useful<br />

for h<strong>and</strong>s-on learning activities,<br />

such as word building, <strong>and</strong> can be<br />

used alongside the digital resources<br />

available with this series.<br />

2<br />

2<br />

2<br />

2<br />

A dip in the dam<br />

Kit <strong>and</strong> Nip<br />

The pack rat<br />

Off to the bog<br />

We tell an adult if we feel unsafe.<br />

‘I need help!’ ‘I need help!’<br />

2<br />

We tell an adult if we feel unsafe.<br />

It’s the smart thing to do.<br />

We take a break <strong>and</strong> move around.<br />

Run, skip, jump. Run, skip, jump.<br />

We take a break <strong>and</strong> move around.<br />

To keep our bodies healthy.<br />

We know how to be safe <strong>and</strong> smart.<br />

Safe <strong>and</strong> smart. Safe <strong>and</strong> smart.<br />

We know how to be safe 2<strong>and</strong> smart,<br />

When we use our devices.<br />

What a mess!<br />

The melody of ‘Here we go ‘round the mulberry bush’ is public domain.<br />

The melody of ‘Here we go ‘round the mulberry bush’ is public domain.<br />

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<strong>Sample</strong> from Pink workbook<br />

Removeable resources<br />

Cut out these letters to practise building words with the<br />

spellings learnt in this workbook.<br />

s a t p<br />

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i n m d<br />

e g c k<br />

ck o u r<br />

h b f ff<br />

l ll ss j<br />

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Set 2<br />

Set 3<br />

Set 4<br />

Set 5<br />

Set 6<br />


TEXT<br />

BRIGHT!<br />

YOUR<br />

FUTURE<br />

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Why choose the Star strategy<br />

decodable workbooks for<br />

your learner?<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbooks offer<br />

a research-backed approach to early literacy,<br />

making them a suitable choice for educators<br />

seeking effective tools for the foundational<br />

years of schooling. Rooted in The science<br />

of reading, the Star strategy decodable<br />

workbooks place a strong emphasis on<br />

cumulative <strong>and</strong> systematic phonics instruction<br />

– a proven method for nurturing proficient <strong>and</strong><br />

confident readers <strong>and</strong> writers.<br />

Evidence-based literacy development<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbooks align<br />

with the latest research in The science of<br />

reading, ensuring that it incorporates evidencebased<br />

practices. This means that the methods<br />

employed in these workbooks are grounded in<br />

solid research, providing a reliable foundation<br />

for early literacy development.<br />

Systematic <strong>and</strong> cumulative<br />

The workbooks guide learners through<br />

a structured journey of recognising <strong>and</strong><br />

manipulating sounds, breaking down words<br />

into individual sounds, <strong>and</strong> connecting sounds<br />

to letters. This systematic approach to phonics<br />

instruction has proven effective in establishing<br />

the crucial link between letters <strong>and</strong> sounds,<br />

laying the groundwork for successful reading<br />

<strong>and</strong> spelling.<br />

Multimodal practice<br />

The workbooks employ multimodal practices,<br />

enabling young learners to interact with<br />

content through different senses. This enhances<br />

memory retention <strong>and</strong> makes the learning<br />

experience enjoyable, cultivating a positive<br />

attitude towards reading <strong>and</strong> spelling from<br />

the outset.<br />

Structured framework<br />

With a clear <strong>and</strong> structured framework, the<br />

Star strategy decodable workbooks provide<br />

educators with comprehensive guidelines<br />

<strong>and</strong> step-by-step instructions. This structured<br />

approach simplifies the process of supporting<br />

young learners with their literacy development.<br />

Differentiated<br />

Recognising the diversity in learners' abilities,<br />

the workbooks are thoughtfully divided into<br />

different levels. This differentiation caters to<br />

individual learning needs <strong>and</strong> paces, allowing<br />

educators to tailor instruction based on each<br />

learner's unique requirements.<br />

Continuous assessment<br />

The inclusion of a Check in page for each set<br />

in the workbooks serves as a valuable tool<br />

for both learners <strong>and</strong> educators. This feature<br />

enables ongoing assessment, progress tracking,<br />

<strong>and</strong> the identification of areas that may need<br />

additional attention. Continuous assessment<br />

fosters a dynamic learning environment,<br />

ensuring that adjustments can be made<br />

promptly to meet learners exactly where they<br />

are in their literacy development.<br />

Engaging activities<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbooks<br />

incorporate a variety of engaging activities.<br />

These interactive elements make the learning<br />

process enjoyable <strong>and</strong> captivating for learners.<br />

By offering a range of activities, the workbooks<br />

cater to diverse learning styles, keeping all<br />

learners motivated.<br />

Holistic approach<br />

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The Star strategy not only focuses on<br />

word recognition, but also aims to develop<br />

comprehension skills. The inclusion of<br />

Authentic texts enhances learners’ language<br />

comprehension <strong>and</strong> ability to extract meaning<br />

from texts. The inclusion of different text<br />

genres also helps foster a genuine enjoyment<br />

of reading.<br />

Confidence building<br />

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The gradual progression, reinforcement, <strong>and</strong><br />

celebration of achievements with completion<br />

badges <strong>and</strong> certificates helps build learners’<br />

confidence <strong>and</strong> motivation.<br />

For more information on The science of reading<br />

used in the development of the Star strategy<br />

decodable workbook series, please visit https://www.<br />

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What do the workbooks cover?<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbook series uses a cumulative synthetic phonics sequence that<br />

typically spans two to three years, though this pace may vary. The ages indicated in the table are<br />

to be used as a guide only. Educators should select the most suitable workbook based on their<br />

learners’ needs rather than strictly following the suggested ages.<br />

Suggested<br />

ages<br />

Average age 4–5<br />

Average age 5–6<br />

Average age 6–7<br />

Workbook Focus Word patterns Target spellings<br />

Pink<br />

Yellow<br />

Green<br />

Purple<br />

• Common<br />

consonants<br />

• Short vowel sounds<br />

• Less common<br />

consonants<br />

• Consonant digraphs<br />

<strong>and</strong> trigraphs<br />

• Common<br />

diphthongs<br />

• R-controlled vowels<br />

• Beginning<br />

consonant clusters<br />

• Final consonant<br />

clusters<br />

• Unstressed vowels<br />

(schwa)<br />

• Alternative spelling<br />

of phonemes<br />

• Prefix (un-)<br />

• Suffixes (-ed, -ing)<br />

• Trigraphs<br />

• Split digraphs<br />

• Alternative spelling<br />

of phonemes<br />

CVC (some CCVC<br />

<strong>and</strong> CVCC)<br />


CVC, CCVC,<br />

CVCC, CCVCC,<br />


Multisyllabic words<br />

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• Alternative<br />

pronunciation of<br />

grapheme<br />

• Prefix (re-)<br />

CVC, CCVC,<br />

CVCC, CCVCC,<br />


Multisyllabic words<br />

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, e, g, c,<br />

k, ck, o, u, r, h, b, f, -ff, l,<br />

-ll, -ss, j*<br />

v, w, x, y, z, -zz, qu, ch, sh,<br />

th (voiced/unvoiced), ng,<br />

ai, ee, igh, oa, y (long i),<br />

ar, or, ur, er, oo (short/<br />

long), ow, oi<br />

sc, sn, sk, sp, sm, st, sl, bl,<br />

gl, cl, pl, fl, br, gr, cr, pr,<br />

dr, tr, fr, dw, sw, tw, -st,<br />

-ft, -pt, -lt, -nk, -nd, -nt,<br />

-lt, -mp, -lp, scr, squ, shr,<br />

str, spl, thr, spr, nch, er<br />

(schwa), -tch, -y, -ve, -le,<br />

-ge, -dge<br />

ay/ai, ea/ee, ie/igh,<br />

oe/oa, u_e (oo), ear,<br />

air, ure, a_e, i_e, o_e,<br />

u_e (yoo), ou/ow, ir/<br />

er/ur, oy/oi, ew/oo, ue/<br />

oo, aw/or, ow/oa, ue<br />

(yoo), ey/ee/ea, au/aw/<br />

or, soft c <strong>and</strong> g, ph, wh,<br />

a/e/i/o/u (alternative<br />

pronunciation)<br />

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• Suffixes (-ed, -ing)<br />

* Frequently occurring, high-utility letters <strong>and</strong> sounds are taught in the first workbook so that<br />

learners can begin decoding immediately. For this reason, v, w, x, y, <strong>and</strong> z have been included in<br />

the second workbook as they have a lower frequency <strong>and</strong> may not be commonly encountered in<br />

early reading <strong>and</strong> writing.<br />

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Practise, consolidate, <strong>and</strong> reinforce key skills with Star strategy<br />

decodable workbooks<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbook series promotes academic success <strong>and</strong> fosters lifelong<br />

learning through the Practise, Consolidate, Reinforce method, an approach that underpins all<br />

workbooks from R.I.C. Publications® <strong>and</strong> Prim-Ed Publishing. This series is designed to scaffold<br />

explicit phonics instruction by offering educators a structured framework. It provides guidance<br />

for introducing spellings, encourages learners to apply this instruction independently, <strong>and</strong> creates<br />

opportunities for learners to review what they have learnt.<br />

The Star strategy decodable workbook series systematically addresses the Practise, Consolidate,<br />

Reinforce method, ensuring learners develop the confidence <strong>and</strong> proficiency needed for successful<br />

reading. This is how our workbook series achieves this goal:<br />

Practise<br />

Consolidate<br />

Reinforce<br />

• Engages learners in a variety of activities designed to help them recognise <strong>and</strong><br />

manipulate sounds, blend sounds to read words, <strong>and</strong> break words into individual<br />

sounds for spelling.<br />

• Learners are encouraged to practise letters, sounds, Star words, <strong>and</strong> Bright star<br />

words daily.<br />

• Learners work through Skill builder pages at their own pace, completing<br />

activities to practise important skills.<br />

• Emphasises a systematic <strong>and</strong> cumulative approach, building upon skills learnt in<br />

each level.<br />

• Learners engage with decodable stories that progressively introduce more<br />

complex letter patterns <strong>and</strong> phonemes, allowing them to consolidate their<br />

underst<strong>and</strong>ing of common letter–sound relationships, <strong>and</strong> improve their<br />

accuracy <strong>and</strong> fluency.<br />

• Supports orthographic mapping (the permanent storage of patterns <strong>and</strong> words<br />

for immediate retrieval) through segmenting <strong>and</strong> blending activities, fostering a<br />

deeper underst<strong>and</strong>ing of the connection between letters <strong>and</strong> sounds.<br />

• The use of decodable stories <strong>and</strong> repeated reading serves as reinforcement,<br />

supporting the retention of learnt skills.<br />

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• The Check in, provided after each set, allows educators to monitor progress<br />

<strong>and</strong> identify any areas requiring additional practice or the targeted teaching of<br />

necessary underst<strong>and</strong>ing <strong>and</strong> skills.<br />

• Employs a sequence of multisensory Daily practice <strong>and</strong> Skill builder exercises<br />

that progressively build upon each other.<br />

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• Activities are structured in a way that allows learners to continuously develop<br />

their skills, promoting independence in learning <strong>and</strong> gradual growth.<br />

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Digital resources<br />

Each Star strategy decodable workbook comes with free, downloadable resources to support<br />

the concepts covered, <strong>and</strong> to provide additional practice <strong>and</strong> reinforcement of these skills. These<br />

supportive digital downloads include:<br />

Lower-case <strong>and</strong> upper-case<br />

letter flashcards.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> resource for Pink workbook<br />

Star word <strong>and</strong> Bright star word flashcards with<br />

sound buttons to support orthographic mapping.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> resource for Pink workbook<br />

Set 4<br />

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Pyramid sentence flashcards to provide<br />

scaffolding as learners move from<br />

reading single words to full sentences.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> resource for Pink workbook<br />

Set 4<br />

‘I am Meg <strong>and</strong> I want to camp<br />

in a tent.’<br />

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‘I am Meg<br />

‘I am Meg <strong>and</strong> I want to camp<br />

‘I am Meg <strong>and</strong> I want to camp in<br />

a tent.’<br />

s<br />

n<br />

Set 4<br />

want<br />

a<br />

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m<br />

want<br />

• ••<br />

Word building template with instructions for<br />

building a individualised word work folder.<br />

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Additional cut-out letters to use with word<br />

work mats.<br />

s a t p i n m d<br />

e g c k ck o u r<br />

h b f ff l ll ss j<br />

v w x y z zz qu ch<br />

sh th ng ai ee igh oa y<br />

ar or ur er oo ow oi sc<br />

d<br />

Downloadable answers.<br />

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u<br />

k<br />

ck<br />

t<br />

e<br />

o<br />

p<br />

g<br />


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sk sl sm sn sp st tch bl<br />

cl fl gl pl y br cr dr<br />

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How to use the Star strategy<br />

decodable workbooks<br />

Getting started<br />

Begin by introducing the letters <strong>and</strong> sounds<br />

for the set using the Daily practice page.<br />

Each Daily practice page includes two sets<br />

of words to support learners when they read<br />

the decodable texts. High-frequency words<br />

with common spellings that have not been<br />

introduced are called Star words. Exception<br />

words with irregular spellings are called Bright<br />

star words – a star icon is used to indicate this<br />

irregular spelling. The downloadable flashcards<br />

can be used in place of this page, if preferred.<br />

Take a few moments each day to practise these<br />

spellings <strong>and</strong> words (as well as review those<br />

previously learnt) with learners.<br />

Building skills<br />

Support learners with working through the<br />

four pages of Skill builders at their own pace.<br />

These activities are designed to build learners'<br />

decoding <strong>and</strong> encoding skills at the single<br />

word <strong>and</strong> sentence level. You may choose to<br />

complete these activities over several days or<br />

weeks depending on individual needs.<br />

Educators are recommended to use the Skill<br />

builders as a foundation for creating their own<br />

activities for additional practice. For instance, if<br />

your learner requires further support to identify<br />

initial sounds after completing the Skill builder<br />

activities, you might ask them to explore their<br />

environment, <strong>and</strong> draw or photograph objects<br />

that begin with the sounds they are learning.<br />

Putting it all into practice<br />

Once learners have mastered decoding single<br />

words <strong>and</strong> sentences, they are ready to read<br />

a decodable story. Each set comes with two<br />

decodable stories (known as Star stories) for<br />

your learner to read. Two Bonus star stories<br />

are included to offer variety, choice, <strong>and</strong><br />

additional skill development. Your learner does<br />

not have to read all of these stories, but each<br />

one presents a new opportunity for them to<br />

decode words using the spellings they have<br />

learnt. We recommend that your learner reads<br />

one decodable story multiple times, focusing on<br />

accuracy, fluency, <strong>and</strong> expression.<br />

Note: The Purple workbook does not include<br />

Bonus star stories. Instead, there are 4–5 Star<br />

stories for your learner to read. Each story<br />

focuses on one sound <strong>and</strong> its different spellings<br />

for a more targeted approach.<br />

Enhance the learning<br />

The workbooks have additional activities<br />

included at the end to increase engagement<br />

with the stories. Learners can improve their<br />

fine motor skills by colouring <strong>and</strong> tracing<br />

illustrations throughout the book. Upon<br />

completing a text, they can also proudly colour<br />

the corresponding badge inside the back cover<br />

to celebrate their accomplishment.<br />

Scaffolding with flashcards<br />

Learners who may not yet be ready to read a<br />

complete decodable story can improve their<br />

decoding skills by practising with pyramid<br />

sentence flashcards. These sentences are<br />

designed to enhance fluency <strong>and</strong> can be<br />

particularly beneficial for learners who require<br />

additional support. Download these flashcards<br />

from the relevant link on page 10.<br />

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Your learner is ready to move on to the next set<br />

when they are able to read their chosen text<br />

fluently <strong>and</strong> complete the Skill builder activities<br />

confidently. You can also evaluate their<br />

progress <strong>and</strong> readiness by using the Check in<br />

page provided for each set.<br />

Engaging further<br />

Each workbook features a separate section at<br />

the end that contains three engaging, Authentic<br />

texts. These texts are real-world examples that<br />

learners might encounter in their daily lives,<br />

<strong>and</strong> are designed to be read by the educator.<br />

While these texts do not directly teach reading<br />

skills like the decodable stories, they play<br />

an important role in enhancing learners'<br />

language comprehension when paired with the<br />

accompanying questions.<br />

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Annotated pages<br />

Daily practice page<br />

High-frequency<br />

words with<br />

common spellings<br />

that have not yet<br />

been introduced.<br />

Exception<br />

words with<br />

irregular spellings.<br />

A star icon is used<br />

to indicate the<br />

irregular spelling in<br />

Bright star words.<br />

Where necessary,<br />

Stella Star provides<br />

h<strong>and</strong>y spelling<br />

pattern guidance<br />

for some sounds<br />

featured in the set.<br />

Instructions promote a multimodal<br />

approach, enhancing retention by<br />

engaging learners through visual<br />

(look/read), auditory (say/hear) <strong>and</strong><br />

kinesthetic (tap/trace/write) channels.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Green workbook<br />

30<br />

DAILY<br />

PRACTICE 3<br />

1. Tap <strong>and</strong> say each sound.<br />

br cr dr fr<br />

gr pr tr -ve -le<br />

2. Tap <strong>and</strong> blend to read the Star words <strong>and</strong> Bright star words.<br />

Star words<br />

honey here around key<br />

Bright star words<br />

Try to remember the Bright star sounds!<br />

love<br />

live where any Mr Mrs<br />

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Final ‘v’ needs<br />

an ‘e’<br />

When you hear<br />

/v/ at the end of<br />

a word, use the<br />

‘ve’ spelling.<br />

Secret schwa<br />

Do you remember the<br />

schwa /ə/ sound? The ‘le’<br />

spelling at the end of a<br />

word has a schwa sound.<br />

It sounds like /ul/.<br />

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Each set teaches<br />

multiple letter–<br />

sound relationships,<br />

enabling learners to<br />

immediately apply<br />

their blending <strong>and</strong><br />

segmenting skills to<br />

read <strong>and</strong> spell.<br />

Sound buttons<br />

visually represent<br />

sounds in words,<br />

promoting<br />

phonemic<br />

awareness <strong>and</strong><br />

memorisation of<br />

spelling patterns.<br />

One dot: one letter<br />

making one sound.<br />

Line: two or more<br />

letters making<br />

one sound.<br />

Two dots <strong>and</strong> the<br />

u-shaped button:<br />

two letters that<br />

make one sound<br />

that is split by<br />

another letter.<br />

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Skill builder pages<br />

Throughout<br />

the series, Skill<br />

builder pages for<br />

each set follow a<br />

similar structure to<br />

foster independence.<br />

Discreet labels for<br />

educators reduce<br />

confusion in picturebased<br />

questions.<br />

Learners may also<br />

discover <strong>and</strong> use these<br />

labels, providing them<br />

with additional support<br />

<strong>and</strong> feedback, which<br />

boosts confidence.<br />

This activity<br />

teaches encoding<br />

by tapping <strong>and</strong><br />

saying each sound<br />

<strong>and</strong> then mapping<br />

them into boxes<br />

– an approach<br />

that supports<br />

independent<br />

spelling skills in<br />

various contexts.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Pink workbook<br />

Tap <strong>and</strong> say the sound. Trace <strong>and</strong> copy these letters.<br />

o O<br />

octopus<br />

u U<br />

umbrella<br />

r R<br />

ring<br />

ck<br />

duck<br />

o o o<br />

O O O<br />

u u u<br />

U U U<br />

r r r<br />

R R R<br />

ck ck ck<br />

ck ck ck<br />

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44<br />

SKILL<br />


1. Say the word. Colour the sound you hear in the middle.<br />

coat<br />

train<br />

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1<br />

sweep<br />

oa ee ai igh oa ai ee igh oa ai oa ee<br />

2. Tap it<br />

(say each sound as you tap<br />

the circle)<br />

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k<br />

n ai l<br />

t<br />

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igh t<br />

Map it<br />

(write one sound in each box)<br />

3. Read the sentence. Does it match the picture?<br />

Colour if yes or if no.<br />

The snail <strong>and</strong> the goat<br />

saw a light in the sky. <br />

<br />

Blend it<br />

(join the sounds together to<br />

read the word)<br />

cheek<br />

nail<br />

tight<br />

Teaching h<strong>and</strong>writing alongside<br />

phonics enhances letter–sound<br />

connections, develops motor<br />

skills, <strong>and</strong> provides a multimodal<br />

approach to reinforce the<br />

foundation for reading <strong>and</strong> writing.<br />

Lower-case <strong>and</strong> upper-case letters<br />

are taught simultaneously, allowing<br />

learners to recognise <strong>and</strong> use letters<br />

in reading <strong>and</strong> writing accurately.<br />

Selected questions focus on<br />

simultaneously building encoding<br />

<strong>and</strong> decoding skills without<br />

providing picture clues. This<br />

helps foster a direct connection<br />

between written symbols <strong>and</strong> their<br />

corresponding sounds.<br />

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Learners practise decoding skills<br />

by blending to read their spelled<br />

words. (Note: It is not necessary<br />

for learners to ‘sound out’ a word<br />

if they are able to read it without<br />

doing so.)<br />

Illustrations are strategically<br />

used to boost decoding <strong>and</strong><br />

comprehension skills. Activities<br />

like these require learners to<br />

link written words with the<br />

corresponding illustration <strong>and</strong> apply<br />

this underst<strong>and</strong>ing to respond<br />

to questions.<br />

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Skill builder pages<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Green workbook<br />

3<br />

SKILL<br />


As learners progress<br />

through the workbooks,<br />

spelling patterns <strong>and</strong><br />

simple morphology<br />

are introduced.<br />

1. The /ch/ sound can be made with different spellings. Read<br />

the words. Use a green pencil to colour in the words with<br />

the ‘ch’ spelling. Use a blue pencil to colour in the words<br />

with the ‘tch’ spelling.<br />

lunch pooch catch sketch<br />

fetch witch pinch torch<br />

2. Read it Match it<br />

stitch • •<br />

speech • •<br />

3. Add the endings to the base word <strong>and</strong><br />

write them next to the matching picture.<br />

fix<br />

ing<br />

ed<br />

If a /ch/ sound comes after<br />

a short vowel sound, use the<br />

‘tch’ spelling. Otherwise, use<br />

the ‘ch’ spelling.<br />

What sound is<br />

‘ed’ making in<br />

this word?<br />

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SKILL<br />


4<br />

1. Say the word. Colour where you hear the /j/ sound.<br />

h e dge j e s t er b ar ge<br />

2. Read the sentence <strong>and</strong> draw a picture to match.<br />

The twins get some fudge at Dwight’s sweet shop.<br />

The ‘j’ spelling is usually<br />

used at the start of a<br />

word or syllable. Can<br />

you think of any other<br />

words with the /j/<br />

sound? How would you<br />

spell that sound?<br />

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Where necessary,<br />

Stella Star provides<br />

h<strong>and</strong>y spelling pattern<br />

guidance for when to use<br />

different spellings.<br />

Read-<strong>and</strong>-draw activities<br />

build comprehension by<br />

asking learners to read<br />

a sentence <strong>and</strong> visually<br />

represent its meaning<br />

by illustrating what they<br />

have read.<br />

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Learners practise<br />

constructing complete<br />

sentences by<br />

rearranging provided<br />

words <strong>and</strong> punctuating<br />

correctly using the<br />

scaffolds provided.<br />

3. Unjumble <strong>and</strong> write the sentence.<br />

Twelve swimming bridge. fish are under the<br />

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Check in page<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Yellow workbook<br />

Checklist to track learners’<br />

progress, based on outcomes<br />

for early literacy development.<br />

Educator check<br />

Identifies common phoneme-grapheme<br />

correspondences: ch sh th (voiced <strong>and</strong><br />

unvoiced) ng.<br />

Identifies words with unfamiliar or<br />

irregular sounds.<br />

Accurately decodes real <strong>and</strong> nonsense<br />

CVC words using learnt letter sounds.<br />

1. Say these sounds.<br />

ch sh th ng<br />

2. Read these words.<br />

CHECK<br />

IN<br />

Accurately segments to spell CVC words<br />

with learnt letter sounds.<br />

Writes letters using correct formation:<br />

ch sh th ng.<br />

so by rich such give put<br />

3. Sound out <strong>and</strong> blend to read these words.<br />

chip with that shack wish king<br />

4. Sound out <strong>and</strong> blend to read these nonsense words.<br />

shup thog zung chit nash chab<br />

5. Write the word for each picture.<br />

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chop<br />

shell<br />

fang<br />

An easily recognisable<br />

symbol is used to<br />

indicate sections<br />

that are intended<br />

for educators only,<br />

or those that require<br />

educator assistance.<br />

Using nonsense words<br />

in the Check in, helps<br />

educators determine<br />

how well learners apply<br />

their underst<strong>and</strong>ing of<br />

letter sounds to read<br />

new words.<br />

Both encoding <strong>and</strong><br />

decoding skills are<br />

assessed, ensuring<br />

that learners can apply<br />

their underst<strong>and</strong>ing of<br />

sounds <strong>and</strong> spellings in<br />

both contexts.<br />

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Star story sample<br />

Decodable stories are separated from<br />

the illustrations, ensuring that focus<br />

remains on decoding, not guessing.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Pink workbook<br />

STAR<br />

STORY<br />

Spin <strong>and</strong> tap<br />

Dad naps.<br />

Did Pam nap?<br />

Pam can spin.<br />

Pam can spin <strong>and</strong> tap.<br />

Spin, tap! Spin, tap!<br />

What a din!<br />

Dad sits.<br />

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Did Dad nap?<br />

Pam did not nap.<br />

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Dad did not nap.<br />

Dad <strong>and</strong> Pam can spin <strong>and</strong> tap.<br />

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Star story sample<br />

Black-<strong>and</strong>-white illustrations encourage fine motor development<br />

through tracing <strong>and</strong> colouring. It is recommended that learners use<br />

pencils in the workbooks as they encourage controlled movements<br />

<strong>and</strong> strengthen the h<strong>and</strong> muscles necessary for writing.<br />

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Check for underst<strong>and</strong>ing<br />

1. What did Pam do while Dad had a nap?<br />

2. What do you think ‘din’ means?<br />

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STORY<br />

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Star story sample<br />

As the series progresses, longer decodable<br />

stories often carry onto the next page, which<br />

mimics a book experience for learners.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Purple workbook<br />

STAR<br />

STORY<br />

1<br />

Focus: ie (revise igh)<br />

Willem’s magpies<br />

Willem lay on his back <strong>and</strong> looked up at the sky. Magpies<br />

were flying high, then swooping down to the trees. It was<br />

such a sight to see them.<br />

Willem sighed, ‘I wish I had a magpie for a pet. Dad said<br />

that you can teach them to speak. Maybe I could try to<br />

trap one.’<br />

Willem spied a magpie pecking on a cob of dried corn<br />

in the pigsty. There were still some corn kernels left on<br />

the cob.<br />

‘Hmm! Magpies like dried corn.’<br />

Willem began to plan.<br />

‘I could tie the dried cob with string. Then, if I lie very still,<br />

the magpie will fly down to eat. If I tug on the string, the<br />

magpie will step near to me. Then, I can grab the magpie.’<br />

The magpie in her nest spied the dried corn. She swooped<br />

down from the tree.<br />

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Willem kept very still. He tugged on the string.<br />

The magpie was near, but Willem’s plan failed.<br />

Snap! The magpie was too quick. Soon, she was back in<br />

her nest with the dried corn.<br />

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With a sigh, Willem went back to planning. He tried <strong>and</strong><br />

tried, but it was too hard.<br />

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<strong>Sample</strong> from Purple workbook (continued)<br />

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STAR<br />

STORY<br />

‘Magpies are trusting birds, Willem,’ said his Mum. ‘Here is<br />

an old meat pie. Toss bits of meat from the pie near to the<br />

tree. If you keep feeding magpies, soon they will eat food<br />

from your h<strong>and</strong>.’<br />

Now, Willem has a flock of magpies waiting for him<br />

each day.<br />

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Check for underst<strong>and</strong>ing<br />

1. What type of food did Willem first use to try <strong>and</strong> trap the magpie?<br />

2. Why do you think Willem’s first plan failed, even though the magpies liked<br />

the food he left them?<br />

The space provided<br />

between the text <strong>and</strong><br />

illustration encourages<br />

learners to focus<br />

on decoding.<br />

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Each decodable story includes two questions (one literal, one<br />

inferential) to help the educator check the learner’s underst<strong>and</strong>ing.<br />

Literal questions assess whether the learner understood the<br />

information in the text, while inferential questions promote deeper<br />

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Authentic text sample<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Pink workbook<br />

A range of text types<br />

introduce learners to<br />

features that differ<br />

from the narrative<br />

structure used in the<br />

decodable stories.<br />

Questions to support<br />

comprehension before,<br />

during, <strong>and</strong> after<br />

reading, tailored to each<br />

Authentic text.<br />

<strong>Sample</strong> from Pink workbook<br />


TEXT<br />

Adventure<br />

L<strong>and</strong><br />

The Authentic texts on the next pages have been designed for you to read to your learner. They<br />

include different texts that your learner may come across in the real world <strong>and</strong> will read for<br />

a purpose.<br />

Listening to reading is an important part of the ‘Star strategy’. It provides many benefits to<br />

beginner readers, such as:<br />

• helping them build a strong vocabulary by hearing <strong>and</strong> learning new words that they might<br />

not come across in everyday conversations<br />

• allowing them to focus on underst<strong>and</strong>ing the story without worrying about reading the<br />

words themselves<br />

• encouraging them to think about the text, which leads to rich conversations <strong>and</strong> questions<br />

• observing how to read fluently with the right tone <strong>and</strong> expression<br />

• creating a special bond between the educator <strong>and</strong> the learner <strong>and</strong> helping to develop a love<br />

of reading.<br />

When reading to your learner, find a comfortable space <strong>and</strong> make it an enjoyable activity. Allow<br />

them to discuss the book <strong>and</strong> ask questions as you read. If they feel confident, encourage them<br />

to identify any words in the text that they can read independently.<br />

Although it is not compulsory, the following questions may be used to support comprehension<br />

before, during, <strong>and</strong> after reading the Authentic texts together.<br />

Lizard life with Bluey<br />

A recount of a day as told by a blue-tongued lizard named Bluey.<br />

Before reading During reading After reading<br />

• Talk about where the • Read the story together • Have your learner retell the<br />

story takes place <strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> pause to discuss it. Ask story.<br />

the creatures like the<br />

questions like, ‘What do you<br />

• Talk about the themes, like<br />

blue-tongued lizard.<br />

think happens next?’<br />

being unique <strong>and</strong> different.<br />

• Take time to learn new • Show pictures from<br />

• Encourage a creative<br />

words from the story, like additional sources to<br />

activity related to the story,<br />

‘blue-tongued lizard’ or help your learner imagine<br />

such as drawing or writing<br />

‘predators’, to help your the story’s scenes<br />

their version.<br />

learner underst<strong>and</strong> better. <strong>and</strong> characters.<br />

• Use new words from the<br />

• Ask your learner what they<br />

story in sentences or talk<br />

think the story will be about<br />

about what they mean.<br />

based on its title.<br />

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Welcome friends!<br />

Get ready for a fun day at Adventure L<strong>and</strong>!<br />

Check out the plan below.<br />

Itinerary<br />

9:00 am: We open the gates, <strong>and</strong> the adventure begins!<br />

Hop on the roller-coaster for some thrills <strong>and</strong><br />

chills!<br />

10:30 am: Take a break from the rides <strong>and</strong> snap a<br />

photo with your favourite Adventure L<strong>and</strong><br />

character. Don’t forget to say ‘cheese’!<br />

11:15 am: Watch some amazing street performers do<br />

some mind-blowing tricks <strong>and</strong> stunts. You won't<br />

believe your eyes!<br />

12:00 pm: Fill up your tank with a tasty lunch. We have<br />

plenty of choices, like hot dogs, fruit salad, pizza,<br />

<strong>and</strong> chips.<br />

1:00 pm: Ready for some more action? Head to the water<br />

park <strong>and</strong> cool off with some fun water rides.<br />

3:00 pm: After all that excitement, it's time to rest on a<br />

train ride around the park. Take in the sights <strong>and</strong><br />

sounds of Adventure L<strong>and</strong>.<br />

4:00 pm: Last but not least, take a stroll through the gift<br />

shop <strong>and</strong> pick out a souvenir to remember your<br />

amazing day at Adventure L<strong>and</strong>.<br />

5:00 pm: It’s time to say ‘goodbye’ <strong>and</strong> head home after<br />

an unforgettable day of adventure.<br />

Don’t forget to come back <strong>and</strong> visit us again soon!<br />

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2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

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Entry gates<br />

Meet the characters<br />

Gift shop<br />

Cafeteria<br />

Picnic areas<br />

Street performers<br />

Water park<br />

Roller-coaster<br />

<strong>and</strong> other rides<br />

Train station<br />

5<br />

6<br />

1<br />

2<br />

6<br />

5<br />

4<br />

8<br />

Information to guide<br />

educators on using<br />

Authentic texts effectively.<br />

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Authentic texts are<br />

displayed in greyscale<br />

to avoid distraction<br />

from bright colours.<br />

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Map<br />

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TEXT<br />

Adventure<br />

L<strong>and</strong><br />

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STRAT<strong>EG</strong>Y<br />

Authentic<br />

texts<br />

Vocabulary<br />

development<br />

Reading<br />

comprehension<br />

• Comprehension questions<br />

encourage learners to derive<br />

meaning <strong>and</strong> think critically<br />

to respond to questions<br />

about texts.<br />

• Repetition of new vocabulary<br />

provides ample exposure<br />

which supports efficient<br />

storage of words <strong>and</strong> their<br />

meanings to long-term<br />

memory.<br />

• Text complexity increases<br />

gradually to ensure a<br />

systematic introduction to<br />

new vocabulary. This allows<br />

the learner to build knowledge<br />

using the foundations of what<br />

they already know.<br />

Digital<br />

resources<br />

Reading<br />

fluency<br />

• Daily, repeated reading of<br />

texts with controlled<br />

vocabulary gives learners the<br />

opportunity to practise <strong>and</strong><br />

apply their phonics knowledge<br />

to decode words <strong>and</strong> read<br />

with fluency.<br />

Phonemic<br />

awareness<br />

• Supported through multisensory<br />

(say, read, write) activities that<br />

encourage learners to isolate,<br />

blend, segment, <strong>and</strong> manipulate<br />

sounds.<br />

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Decodable<br />

texts<br />



Phonics<br />

knowledge<br />

Daily<br />

practice<br />

• The relationship between<br />

letters (graphemes) <strong>and</strong><br />

sounds (phonemes) is<br />

explicitly taught through<br />

Daily practice <strong>and</strong> Skill<br />

builder activities.<br />

• Learners are taught by using<br />

the reciprocal skills of<br />

reading (decoding) <strong>and</strong><br />

spelling/writing (encoding).<br />

• Explicit teaching of irregular<br />

words to support mapping to<br />

long-term memory.<br />

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