What the day will look like
The day will be split broadly into two parts. In the morning, we will look at the principles of phonics teaching and the subject knowledge needed to teach this effectively. We will examine the key terminology such as phoneme, grapheme, digraph, consonant cluster, blending, segmenting etc. We will look at the progression through Letters and Sounds from Phase 1 to Phase 6 and consider assessment and groupings.
After lunch, there will be information on the four-part lesson and practical ideas for each element of the teaching sequence from Revise through Teach, Practise and Apply. Participants will be introduced to phonics and spelling games and activities, designed to engage and enthuse learners. We will share ideas for enriching phonics teaching outside of the four part lesson, and there will be recommendations for online and other resources.
The day will be practical and interactive with the opportunity to try out some of the activities.There will be free resources to download, such as the ‘Ten Ideas for Phonics’ resource pack. This is designed for teachers or TAs who do not have access to ICT facilities when teaching their groups.