‘Literally overnight, there was a dramatic shift in the quality of teaching and learning in English across the whole school.  Philip’s carefully thought through five phased approach enabled each English skill to be taught well, with a wealth of teaching strategies and activities modelled to them, our classrooms changed from being hosts of passive learning to the feel of a great buzz and excitement.’

Gillian Wilson – Headteacher – St Oswald’s Primary School, Bradford

Quick phonics based spelling test downloads

This spelling test was originally designed as a very quick assessment for children entering Year 3. The ‘slides’ file gives more information. Below is a pdf version which can be used ‘as is’ and there is an editable Word version should you wish to customise.

I have shared the resources here as I have just been asked about them again and thought that they might be useful in September if teachers from Year 1 upwards need a quick and easy way in.

Castle Alliance Presentation April 2019 and Northern Lights November 2019

BD5 GD Resources April 2019


By popular request! Downloadable templates for Five Phase sequences in both pdf and Word formats: ‘Tell me’ grids – Decision Wheels – Role on the Wall – Zone of Relevance and more. Click here

2VLC Links January 2019

Reception meeting for 2VLC 2019  link

Y1 meeting for 2VLC 2019 link

Y3/4 meetings for 2VLC 2019 link

Year 5/6 meetings for 2VLC 2019 link

Teaching sequences

Some sample three and five phase Prediction to Publication sequences together in one place.



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Teaching sequences for the texts featured above can be downloaded by clicking below.

Foundation and Year 1

Iris and Isaac – teaching sequence


Little Red teaching sequence EYFS version

There is no Dragon in this story sequence EYFS Summer 2

Little Red – teaching sequence Y1 version

Photographs below courtesy of Year 1 – Keighley St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School



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Year 2

Orion and the Dark – teaching sequence – 

Year 3/4

The Red Prince – teaching sequence 

The Matchbox Diary – Teaching sequence

Year 5/6

The Promise – teaching sequence

Hugo opening – Film Lit version – teaching sequence

Whole class reading Hugo To complement the sequence above

Book Trailers

Book Trailers on Pinterest

World Book Day Website Book Trailers