BLOG: How making a holiday diary can help young learners

Mon 1st August 2016
Going on holiday can be one of the most exciting times in a child’s life, whether it be to the local camp site or flying around the world. Sitting down while on holiday and reminiscing about the day and...

BLOG: Phonics Screening done... What next?

Mon 4th July 2016
It is coming to the end of the year and the Phonics Screening Check is complete! If you are a year 1 teacher like me, you might have taken a sigh of relief and then be asking yourself what is next!? Do I...

BLOG: What is Phonics? And why do we teach it?

Mon 4th July 2016
According to the Department of Education; phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully.

BLOG: Phonics Screening guidelines for teachers

Mon 20th June 2016
As the Phonics Screening Check creeps ever closer, I have seen lots of questions about what to do and what not to do. So here are 6 things to do to and 6 things not to do when administering the screening...

BLOG: How to make your Phonics lessons engaging and creative

Mon 9th May 2016
I really enjoy teaching Phonics, but can understand when some teachers say that they struggle to come up with ways to engage their students. So I have created 4 really super easy but exciting ways to make...

BLOG: 5 ways to help your struggling reader

Mon 2nd May 2016
Here are some tips to help your struggling reader at home: 1. Pick a quiet time to read Creating a relaxed environment can ease the pressure some children face when asked to read. 2. Make time share books...

BLOG: 5 ways to use Fonics schools in your classroom

Fri 22nd April 2016
1: Use the FEEDBACK section to quickly highlight which sounds your students need to work on the most. 2:

How important is the Phonics Screening Check?

Sat 16th April 2016
The Phonics Screening check is a compulsory assessment that all children take at the end of year 1. It is designed to make sure students have phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It was first...

Top 10 Phonics Resources

Sat 16th April 2016
I am forever looking for new and exciting resources to engage my Year 1 class in their Phonics lessons. Below I have compiled a list of the best resources I have found: 1.Phonics fishing

Parent Guide: What is the Phonics Screening Check?

Fri 15th April 2016
As the Phonics Screening Check is looming again this year, here as some facts for parents. The Phonics Screening Check is a compulsory assessment that all children in year 1 must take. It is used to...