Principles and practice of high quality phonics

Duration: one day

'Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child' - anonymous

Aims and learning outcomes

  • Be introduced to Phase 1 Aspects and Strands as detailed in Letters and Sounds and begin to plan suitable activities
  • Know, understand and be able to deliver Phase 1 confidently and successfully
  • Recognise the importance of promoting good speaking and listening skills and phonological awareness
  • Develop phonics subject knowledge
  • Become familiar with phases 2, 3 and 4 and begin planning
  • Identify next steps for development in settings

Course content

  • To be introduced to Letters and Sounds - phases 1 - 4
  • The background to Letters and Sounds: independent review of the teaching of early reading
  • What does CLLD (communication, language and literacy development) mean for children?
  • Principles which are relevant to the CLLD, with reference to the EYFS
  • The Rose review and implications for practitioners
  • The important elements of an effective communicative environment in a setting
  • Encouraging good listening skills
  • Planning adult-led activities
  • Phonics - some definitions
  • Next steps

Course features

Brainstorming, discussion, questions, review of current practice, planning some teaching for phases 2, 3 and 4, audits and phonics tracking sheet

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