Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about SCODE.

Will you consider different packages to match the size of my school?

Yes. We aim to make Scode a perfect fit for your school and match our resources to your cohort. Please contact us directly for a quote.

I have a mixed year class, can I still use Scode?

Yes. The books have been designed so they can be delivered in any order.
Yellow Pdfs = Year 2 National Curriculum.
Green and Blue books = Year 3/4 National Curriculum
Purple and Orange books = Year 5/6 National Curriculum

When will the workbooks be available?

Workbooks and Teacher’s Guides will be shipped directly to your school in early July.
All other resources will be made available via a One drive link once your order has been received and processed.

How long will the workbooks last?

The workbooks cover the entire learning for the academic year. They have been designed to keep spelling in one place and accompany children on their spelling journey.

As teachers we know the stress and cost of daily copying. We have kept photocopying down to an absolute minimum with the odd printable game.

Will my school have to buy the scheme every year?

No. Once your school has bought the scheme you will be eligible for a subscription that will entitle you to new workbooks each academic year. You will also receive free updates, original seasonal resources such as Christmas activities, newsletters and free CPD.  We envisage the cost of the subscription to be around £350 inclusive of individual pupil workbooks for years 3-6.

What’s the deal with Year 2?

It is only from working directly with schools that we have been made aware of the need for a systematic program that covers the year 2 National Curriculum.

For the Academic year 2022/2023 the scheme and resources for year 2 will be released termly. Workbooks and the Teacher’s Guide will be in the form of printable pdfs.

I have children in my class who are working below age related expectations. Is Scode an option for them?

Scode builds directly on KS1 teaching. We recap the basic phonic code that children have been already been taught before moving onto the advanced code. Whilst this allows for natural and systematic progression in learning we know that some children cannot access the curriculum for their age group.  It is for this reason that our books are named as colours and not year groups.  For example an intervention group of year 5 children could progress through Green Book (year 3), with minimum impact on their self– confidence.

Is Scode suitable for Sen children?

All children progress at differing rates and it is therefore a tricky question to answer. Depending on the child’s needs Scode will still be accessible for some children as we recap the sounds and codes taught at KS1. Especially phonological awareness aspects. Focus your attention on gaps in this, such as ensuring children can discriminate between similar sounds, create and describe a range of voice sounds and appreciate the rhythms of language and syllables in words. Draw attention to alliteration and assonance in the environment and in rhymes and poetry. Play games involving oral blending and segmenting through words. Link rhyming words to spelling patterns, using onset and rime to increase the stock of readable words. Please also take a look at the Scode and SEN page for further activities to support.

We are an eco-school, how will Scode support our drive to be green?

The carefully designed workbooks ensure that waste is kept to a minimum.

How does Scode Spelling meet the requirements of the Ofsted framework 2019?

The aims of the framework How Scode Spelling delivers these aims
Teachers have good knowledge of the subject and courses they teach. Scode provides teachers with online training and ongoing support to ensure the scheme is implemented successfully in the classroom. The Teachers’ Guide ensures teachers are guided through the process of planning, teaching and assessing.
Teachers present subject matter clearly, promoting appropriate discussion about the subject matter they are teaching. The teaching aids (presentations and videos included with the scheme) ensure subject matter as well as discussions around vocabulary and etymology is of a high quality.
Teachers check learners’ understanding systematically, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. Through daily recaps and the ‘Power of Practising’ teachers will be able to address misconceptions accurately.
Teachers and leaders use assessment well, and leaders do not use it in a way that creates unnecessary burdens for staff or learners. Scode assessment trackers can be used in a way that is effortless for teachers and leaders to firstly, use and secondly, to see pupil progress. From this misconceptions and gaps can then be planned for.
Teachers create an environment that allows the learner to focus on learning. Through the engaging videos, teaching aids, humorous illustrations, varied tasks and games Scode ensures the teachers’ spelling lessons focus the pupils attention on learning.
Resources and materials do not create unnecessary workload for staff. High quality resources make Scode a ‘pick up and go’ scheme. From pupil workbooks, online assessment, lesson plans, online teaching videos and presentations make this scheme workload free!
Resources and materials reflect ambitious intentions for the course of study and clearly support the intent of a coherently planned curriculum, sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning. Scode teaches the spelling requirements of the National Curriculum for KS2. The scheme builds on children’s existing phonics knowledge by introducing them to more complex sounds and codes. Through the ‘Power of Practising’ and daily re-caps the children build on their knowledge as the scheme progresses.

“The main benefit of Scode is the clear impact! Almost all pupils make significant progress from the baseline to the post assessment.”
Amy Poulton – 5/6 teacher and SENCO”