Each downloadable factsheet is 2 pages long (which you could double side) and contains fantastic facts about popular classroom topics, such as animals, trees etc.
The factsheets can be used in different ways:
- As texts for shared reading with the whole class. You can project the electronic version on your IWB for this purpose or if you don’t have an IWB, print out the factsheet,enlarge to A3 and attach to an easel for reading.
- As texts to use as models for writing in literacy lessons/writing sessions across the curriculum.. You can use the factsheet initially for shared reading and analyse the structure. You can then use the structure to innovate and create a class version during shared writing (using information taken from topic work you have done in class). The children can create their own versions independently (possibly orally first, and then in writing).
- As texts for guided reading. Select a factsheet 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). (NB: children are unlikely to fit evenly into 5 groups of 6 for guided reading purposes. Children have to be grouped with others of a similar reading level, so that may be just 2/3/4/5 in a group).
- As texts for 1:1 reading. Again, select a factsheet that contains the phonic elements a child needs to practise, as well as being at a suitable book band for the child to be able to read at instructional level.
- As texts to take home. You may select a factsheet that the children have read at school (either during shared/guided/1:1 reading) or you may select a factsheet with the phonics content which needs practising, but is from an easier book band than you would use for guided reading.
- As texts for your reading corner.
The factsheets 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 (double sided, as each factsheet is 2 pages long) 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.
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 factsheet folder) and re-read.
- You can print them onto different coloured backgrounds for children who need this.
Fantastic Facts Factsheets Samples
This download contains 2 differentiation versions of a Phase 5a Factsheet (from week 4 of Lesley's Phase 5 MT plan) and accompanying teachers' notes with scripts for guided/1:1 reading.
Choose the factsheet 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 factsheets during literacy lessons. Alternatively choose a factsheet 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 factsheets 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.
Contact me if you would like to see more samples of the factsheets.
Phase 5a Fantastic Facts Factsheets
This pack of 18 Fantastic Facts factsheets (9 topics and 2 differentiated versions of each) contain all the new learning (graphemes and tricky words) in Phase 5a. There are at least two factsheets for each week of phonics teaching. Each factsheet has 2 differentiated versions (an easier one at approximately yellow band level and a harder one at approximately blue/green band level). At the bottom of each factsheet is a note of which week of phase 5a it links to and the new learning from that week which is practised in the factsheet. At the end of that line there is a guide to which book band the factsheet 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 factsheet, which can be used for guided or individual reading. They could also be used to inform the use of the factsheets for whole class shared reading.
List of Fantastic Facts Factsheets:
The weeks follow Lesley's MT plan for Phase 5, which has been in circulation since 2007.
Week 1 (ie, ue, oe, oh, their): Fish 1
Week 2 (split digraphs, called, asked): Snakes 1, Snakes 2
Week 3: (ay, ou, ea, aw, people, looked) Trees 1, Trees 2
Week 4 (ir, ew, oy, au, Mr, Mrs): Birds 1, Birds 2
Week 5 (ey, wh, ph): Dolphins 1, Dolphins 2