Phonics Poems

Different ways to use the decodable phonics poems linked to LaS

Different ways to use the decodable phonics poems linked to LaS

1st September 2021
In this video I provide information on the decodable phonics poems available on my website: https://www.lesleyclarkesyntheticph... and suggest different ways in which they can be used in schools.
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The phonics poem downloads for each phase (see below) can be used in different ways:

  • As texts for shared reading with the whole class.
  • As texts to use as models for writing in literacy lessons. Poems with patterns are particularly useful for this purpose.
  • As texts for guided/1:1 reading. Select a poem that contains the phonic elements a group needs to practise, as well as being at a suitable book band for the children to be able to read at instructional level (90-95% accuracy).
  • As texts to take home.
  • As texts for your reading corner.

The poems can be used in different formats:

  • Electronically: suitable for whole class shared reading or guided/1:1 reading on laptops/tablets.
  • Printed out onto card (some poems are longer and will need to be double sided) and laminated, so each child has a copy in front of them during a guided/1:1 reading session. These can then be kept in school with other guided reading texts. You may wish to also keep a copy of the guided reading script for each poem with the laminated sets.
  • Photocopied onto paper, hole punched and put into a ‘phonics poems’ folder for each child (a sample front cover is provided). This can be added to during the year. The children could keep their phonics poem folders in their drawer/take them home in their book bags and enjoy re-reading poems (one of the NC objectives). You could make a class one with all the graphemes covered in phonics lessons and leave it in the reading corner, updating regularly with additional new poems as new graphemes are learned.

The advantages of printable reading materials:

  • They are cheaper than published books, even with a similar amount of text at the earliest reading levels.
  • If a text gets damaged/lost, you can just print another one.
  • You can use them on tablets without having to pay an annual fee.
  • You can use them for whole class shared reading (again without having to pay an annual fee).
  • They can be kept by children (eg in a phonics poems folder) and re-read.
  • You can print them onto different coloured backgrounds for children who need this.

 Feedback:

General comments:

'The children loved these sessions. They were all engaged and had lots to talk about.'

'Script was easy to understand for support staff.'

'Children were engaged by the poems and liked looking at the pictures.'

'All children were really engaged throughout the session.'

Impact after a week's trial:

'Children’s motivation to read definitely increased that week and I was pleasantly surprised to see  how engaged and motivated the children on Phase 2 were.'

Answers to the question: 'Would you consider using these/similar poems regularly to support your teaching of phonics? Why/why not?'

'Definitely! They are short and engaging and cover the Year 1 sounds very well. These would be great for decoding, identifying sounds and comprehension.'

'Yes because it’s time efficient and you can check their phonetic knowledge within minutes rather than reading a whole guided reading book.'

'Yes I would as all children were engaged in the sessions.'

Core Phonics Poems Samples

This download contains a sample poem from  Phase 2, 3, 5a & 5c and accompanying teachers' notes with scripts for guided/1:1 reading.

Choose a poem that is from the right phonics phase for your class and try using it for shared reading - you may find you can use it as a model for children to innovate on and create their own poems during literacy lessons (NB: Where tricky words are involved, you would need to have covered the spelling of that tricky word and this often happens in the following phase). Alternatively choose a poem that is at instructional level for a group of children/individual child and use it for a guided or 1:1 reading session.

If the poems work well for you, do let others know about them. You may consider buying the rest of a set to use with your class too.

Phase 2 Core Phonics Poems

Ph2PoemsThis pack of 11 poems contains all the new learning (graphemes and tricky words) in Phase 2. There is at least one poem for each week of phonics teaching (from week 2 onwards). At the bottom of each poem is a note of which week of phase 2 it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the poem. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band (BB) the poem may fit with. Pa) = pink a), Pb) = pink b). Please note, these have not been officially banded – I have used my teaching experience to identify the most likely band. Teachers' notes provide 'scripts' for each poem, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the poems for whole class shared reading.

Topics covered include: the seaside,minibeasts, pets, nature, ourselves.

List of poems:
Weeks 1 & 2: Dad
Week 3: Kid
Week 4: On and in
Week 5: Pack the bag, Cat, No fun
Week 6: Moss, On a log, Can I?, In the pocket

£29.90
Phase 3 Core Phonics Poems

Ph3PoemsThis pack of 12 poems contains all the new learning (graphemes and tricky words) in Phase 3, plus words ending in 's in week 9 and words ending in 'es' in week 10. There is at least one poem for each week of phonics teaching. At the bottom of each poem is a note of which week of phase 3 it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the poem. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band (BB) the poem may fit with. Pa) = pink a), Pb) = pink b) R = red, Y = yellow). Please note, these have not been officially banded – I have used my teaching experience to identify the most likely band.

Teachers' notes provide 'scripts' for each poem, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the poems for whole class shared reading.

Topics covered include:jobs, animals, people, tongue twisters, ourselves, fantasy creatures/events, behaviour, pets, possessions.

List of poems:
Week 1: Jack, Max, Kevin and Will
Week 2: Shhhhhh!
Week 3a (capital letters): Jack and Jill
Week 3b (week 3 of 2007 LaS): She sells a shell ship, Wishing
Week 4: As mad as can be
Week 5: Moaning
Week 6: Did you?
Week 7: They might be...
Week 8: Mad sheep
Week 9: All
Week 10: Animals

£32.89
Phase 4 Core Phonics Poems

Ph3Poems

This pack of 8 poems contains all the new learning (tricky words) in Phase 4, as well as some additional content not mentioned in LaS 2007, but which is in the NC: words ending in ‘est’ & ‘ed’, contractions ending n’t, ‘ve, ‘ll & other words ending in ‘ve’. There is at least one poem for each week of phonics teaching. At the bottom of each poem is a note of which week of phase 4 it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the poem. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band (BB) the poem may fit with. Pa) = pink a), Pb) = pink b) R = red, Y = yellow, B = blue, G = green). Please note, these have not been officially banded – I have used my teaching experience to identify the most likely band.

Teachers' notes provide 'scripts' for each poem, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the poems for whole class shared reading.

Topics covered include: behaviour, monsters, number rhyme, minibeasts, ourselves, food, comparatve language, nature.

List of poems:
Week 1: Shall I?
Week 2: Monsters
Week 3: 5 Little Insects
Week 4: What do you do when you go out?
Week 5: Lunchbox
Week 6: (contractions ending n't, 've, words ending 'est'): Big, bigger, biggest, Being good
Week 7: (contractions ending 'll, words ending 'ed' and 've'): In the wood.

£23.92
Phases 2-4 Core Phonics Poems Bundle

This download bundle contains the content from the Phases 2--4 Core Phonics Poem downloads detailed above at a discounted price.

 

£78.04
Phase 5a Core Phonics Poems

Ph3Poems

This pack of poems contains all the new learning (graphemes and tricky words) in Phase 5a. There is at least one poem for each week of phonics teaching. At the bottom of each poem is a note of which week of phase 5a it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the poem. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band (BB) the poem may fit with. Pa) = pink a), Pb) = pink b) R = red, Y = yellow, B = blue, G = green). Please note, these have not been officially banded – I have used my teaching experience to identify the most likely band.

Teachers' notes provide 'scripts' for each poem, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the poems for whole class shared reading.

Topics covered include: riddles, food, animals, under the sea, people, names, sounds.

List of poems:
Week 1: Oh!, What are they?
Week 2: The king and queen's tea
Week 3: Under the sea, Playing Week 4: Mr & Mrs
Week 5: How it goes

£17.94
Phase 5b Core Phonics Poems

Ph3Poems

This pack of poems contains all the new learning (graphemes and tricky words) in Phase 5b. There is at least one poem for each week of phonics teaching. At the bottom of each poem is a note of which week of phase 5b it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the poem. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band (BB) the poem may fit with. Please note, these have not been officially banded – I have used my teaching experience to identify the most likely band.

Teachers' notes provide 'scripts' for each poem, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the poems for whole class shared reading.

Topics covered include: water, jobs, fantasy, differences, bedtime, friends, animals, food, traditional tales, sport.

List of poems:
Week 6: What can water do?, Again and again
Week 7: Who can work?, Oh how we laughed
Week 8: Bedtime, Where do friends play?
Week 9: Anywhere, Mysteries
Week 10: The race, Once upon a time
Week 11: Oh little potato

 

£35.88
Phase 5c Core Phonics Poems

Ph3Poems

This pack of poems contains all the new learning (graphemes) in Phase 5c. There is at least one poem for each week of phonics teaching. At the bottom of each poem is a note of which week of phase 5c it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the poem. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band (BB) the poem may fit with. Please note, these have not been officially banded – I have used my teaching experience to identify the most likely band.

Teachers' notes provide 'scripts' for each poem, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the poems for whole class shared reading.

Topics covered include: tennis, work, spelling, pets, animal diets, fantasy, weather, cooking, knights, sequel to a traditional tale, Australia, seasons

List of poems (weeks not mentioned contain no new graphemes, so there is no poem):
Week 17: What would you be?
Week 19: Tennis, The Brickie
Week 20: Spelling
Week 21: My dog Titchy, What do creatures eat?
Week 22: Strange things
Week 23: In a breeze
Week 24: Sauce
Week 25: The Breadmaker
Week 26: The knight with the knocking knees
Week 27: Grandpa
Week 28: Goldilocks: part 2
Week 29: Ozzie words
Week 30: Seasons
Week 31: My invention
Week 32: School holidays

 

£47.84
Phase 5a, 5b and 5c Core Phonics Poems Bundle

This download bundle contains the content from the Phase 5a, 5b & 5c Core Phonics Poems downloads detailed above at a discounted price.

 

 

£91.49
Phases 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b and 5c Core Phonics Poems Bundle

This download bundle contains the content from the Phases 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b & 5c Core Phonics Poems downloads detailed above at a discounted price.

 

 

£152.58