The T2R sound wall aims to act as an anchor chart which learners reference during their reading and spelling journey. At T2R, we believe that the classroom environment can serve as a strong tool for learners to move from dependence (all responsibility on the teacher) to independence (all responsibility on the child). The sound wall hence serves as a ‘go-between’ or ‘middleman’, displaying the sound/symbol learning in a clear and child friendly manner which is easy to reference for all learners.
The T2R sound wall is different to a finished, bought sound wall – it is developed with the children. It is structured and groups all learning into logical categories. The vowel sounds of English are categorized as follows
- Short vowels, colour coded,
- Long vowels, colour coded,
- Extra vowels, colour coded.
Vowel Spellings are further grouped according to their position in English words
- beginning or middle,
- end of word, and
- end of syllable.
The Sound Table should start as an empty skeleton and only display symbols as they are taught, hence all symbols displayed on the table are understood by each learner. Therefore the Sound Table is developed WITH the learners, the teacher may act as a scribe, but the class brainstorms together. Should children struggle to recall a symbol, they know how to reference the table and therefore only need teacher assistance in rare cases.