Subject Knowledge

What practitioners have said about this module

  • ‘Today has been the most useful phonics course I have ever been on. I have genuinely learnt so much!’
  • ‘Thank you so much for providing this training. It was very beneficial and will be hugely relevant in working with KS1 children.’
  • ‘Thank you. This has been incredibly useful.’

Learning Objectives

  • To improve staff phonics subject knowledge.

Course Description

This session will provide participants with the subject knowledge they need to teach synthetic phonics effectively. It covers synthetic phonics terminology, blending and segmenting words, sorting words and identifying patterns & learning some basic phonic/spelling rules. Participants need to complete a short quiz at the end of this module and this will help identify practitioners who may benefit from further subject knowledge training.

Effective Teaching of Phases 2-4

What practitioners have said about this module

  • ‘Thanks Lesley. Very helpful.’

Learning Objectives

  • learn and understand the order in which to teach the content of Phases 2-4.
  • learn the teaching routines for different aspects of phonics teaching at these phases.

Course Description

This session takes practitioners through the week by week medium term plan for teaching Phases 2-4 and explains the rationale behind the order of teaching. Teaching routines for the different aspects of phonics teaching are modelled. Phonic rules to be taught within these phases are explained, as well as the ways in which these are presented to children.

Effective Teaching of Phase 5a & 5b: The Phonic Rules You Need to Know and How to Teach Them

What practitioners have said about this module

  • ‘Really useful. So many good ideas for our future phonics lessons. Very interactive despite being on a screen!’

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the distinct features of these first 2 parts of Phase 5.
  • To learn and understand the order in which to teach the content of Phase 5a & b.
  • To learn how to teach different aspects of these phases effectively.
  • To learn some rules about the graphemes in Phase 5a & b, including when/where they are used.
  • To learn ways in which some of these rules are introduced in simple ways in the classroom.

Course Description

This session takes practitioners through the week by week medium term plan for teaching Phase 5a & b and explains the rationale behind the order of teaching. The distinct elements of these parts of Phase 5 are discussed, along with how to teach them effectively. Phonic rules to be taught within Phase 5a and b are explained and activities demonstrated.

Effective Teaching of Phase 5c: The Phonic Rules You Need to Know and How to Teach Them

What practitioners have said about this module

  • 'A fast-paced, informative and highly engaging session providing all the relevant subject knowledge, skills and teaching strategies required for delivering Phase 5c effectively'.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the distinct features of Phase 5c.
  • To learn and understand the order in which to teach the content of Phase 5c.
  • To learn some rules about the graphemes in Phase 5c, including when/where they are used.
  • To learn ways in which some of these rules are introduced in simple ways in the classroom.

Course Description

This session takes practitioners through the week by week medium term plan for teaching Phase 5c and explains the rationale behind the order of teaching. The distinct elements of this part of Phase 5 are discussed, along with how to teach them effectively. Phonic rules to be taught within Phase 5c are explained and activities demonstrated.

Assessment & Supporting the Lowest 20%

What practitioners have said about this module

Assessment element of the session:

  • ‘The assessment grids to keep track were really helpful.’

Oral blending and segmenting element of the session:

  • ‘Great! Really enjoyed it and found it incredibly useful.’
  • ‘Thank you, this was a really helpful session which addressed the area of phonics I was finding difficult to overcome with some of my SEN children.’

1:1 intervention element:

  • ‘All of these activities will be so beneficial to a specific group in our class. Thank you.’
  • ‘Thank you. The activity ideas were so useful and you modelled the activities well so we know how to use them.’

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how to use the assessment toolkit to track children’s progress through the programme.
  • To understand the smaller steps involved in learning to orally blend and segment.
  • To know the types of activities which can be used at each of the above steps to develop the children’s oral blending/segmenting skills.
  • To understand how to use the Phonics 10 group intervention.
  • To learn how to use a range of simple 1:1 interventions to improve children’s phonic knowledge and skills.

Course Description

Practitioners will be shown how to use the assessment toolkit to track children’s progress through the programme and identify children in need of additional support. Key aspects of phonic knowledge and skills which the lowest 20% may need additional support with are identified. The skills of oral blending and segmenting are broken down into smaller steps and staff will have the chance to participate in practical activities which will improve children’s skills in these areas. Practitioners will be introduced to Phonics 10 (a group intervention) and simple, time effective 1:1 interventions for developing specific aspects of children’s phonic knowledge/skills.