New (or not) to Year 1 – Online CPD

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Feedback from previous courses

‘… knowledgeable, funny, realistic and supportive.’

‘Fantastic ideas and resources. Amazing books. Ideas can be used now and are adaptable.’

I have lots of ideas about how to implement this straight away-especially with poetry and whole class guided reading.’

‘Practical ideas that consider teacher workload.’

‘Lots of practical ideas for teaching poetry and non-fiction.’

This is an online course delivered via Zoom. The two free books will be be delivered to delegates before the course. The presentation will be available to download at least 48 hours before each day if anyone would like to print this to take notes. There will also be downloadable resources that needed to fully participate in sessions.

For further details of how online courses will work please follow this link:


Day 1 –  18 October 2023 – 9.30 am –  3.00 pm – Online

Day 2 –  22 November  2023 – 9.30 am –  3.00 pm – Online

Please email to book

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Postal Address of school – so that the free book can be sent to the delegate before the meeting subject to enough notice being given

Name of Delegate(s)

Delegate(s) email addresses for the invitation to join the Zoom meeting

I would like to book for… (full course or day 1 or day 2)

Email address for invoice

Terms and Conditions

Free cancellation is allowed if five working days notice is given before the first day of the course otherwise the full cost will be charged. If delegates are unable to attend then it is usually possible for them to access a recording of the day and all other course resources.

Outcomes: Participants will be introduced to a range of engaging teaching techniques to help them to enable their children to reach Age Related Expectations and beyond. All delegates will receive free access to online resources including teaching sequences for the featured texts.


Three Phase Teaching Sequence for Little Red

Target audience: Year 1 teachers who are new to teaching the year group, or experienced teachers who are looking for new ideas and a structured approach to teaching that is easy to adapt. Key Stage 1 phase leaders are also welcome to attend alone or along with their Year 1 colleagues.

Day 1 

  • Planning an effective teaching sequence for the early part of Year 1 using Little Red by Bethan Woollvin – free copy of the book and teaching sequence for every delegate
  • Planning fiction teaching sequences for the later part of Year 1 using Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency by Cressida Cowell
  • Using and applying phonics in context
  • Spelling in Year 1 – pre-made spelling games are available to download for all Y1 statutory requirements except /v/ sound at the end of words (not enough examples)

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Day 2 

  • Planning effective teaching sequences for non-fiction and poetry (including reading and writing across the curriculum)
  • Supporting transition from Reception into Year 1
  • Guided Reading in Year 1

During these days, we will work through  teaching sequences for fiction, non-fiction and poetry that are customised to meet the specific needs of this year group, will help them to meet Age Related Expectations and to be prepared for transition into Year 2. Time will also be spent looking at what is required to be working at Greater Depth. Using quality texts, we will identify precisely what to teach and practise in reading, spelling, punctuation, and grammar for writing.


There will be free copies of quality fiction texts – Little Red and Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency for all attendees of the full course. These will be posted to delegates in advance of day 1.

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Course fee  –  £300 + per person for two days or £170  per day.