Tyndale Park Phonics Programme
Here at Tyndale Park Christian School, we place a strong emphasis on teaching the foundational 'basics' well. We firmly believe that this provides the best platform for students to progress well in all areas of future learning. Our claim to teach children to read within their first full year of schooling, is only possible by utilising a phonics programme which teaches recognition of the written text with the sounds - rather than the names - of letters. The scientific support for our position was highlighted in late 2012 by a Massey University study into the reasons for widespread reading difficulties, evident in so many students today.
Over the years, Tyndale has adapted material from a number of various phonics programmes to produce a programme which has proven extremely successful in teaching students to read well. In the early stages, it involves both parents and teacher in teaching and correcting the correct sounds utilising a CD and letter cards. We are confident in our claim that all children can be taught to read well this way and that is a huge advantage for them for the rest of their lives.
In addition to the Phonics programme, we also major on mastering the Times Tables by the end of Year 4. This in turn, provides an invaluable platform for all future math learning and is something which is sadly lacking in many schools today.