Just Imagine

Phonics in a Literature Rich Curriculum

This Early Years KS1 course poses the following questions:

  • What do we know about how children learn to read?
  • What is the role of phonics in early literacy?
  • How can phonics feed through a creative curriculum?
  • What happened to the good old fashioned way?

The day will start with a dialogic exploration of our own experiences of reading text and move into current theory and research to help develop a multi-modal skills approach to learning to read.

Areas of focus

  • The “common sense” approach
  • Why reading for pleasure is crucial for learning phonics
  • Scheme books and children’s literature – the arguments and place for both
  • Language, imagination and putting it all together
  • The role of the facilitator in phonics teaching
  • Storying and creating readers
  • Sharing and creating resources
  • Supporting parents and reducing stress

The main emphasis of the course is practical and participatory. We ask participants to bring along examples of early writing and questions to explore.

Key stage suitability

Recommended for practitioners working in the EYFS and KS1.

Course length

A one day course covers general principles.

For more sustained development we recommend a follow up session.