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Phonics in a literature-rich classroom

This Early Years and 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 weave through a creative curriculum?

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

Areas of focus

  • The “common sense” approach
  • The reasons that reading for pleasure is crucial to phonics teaching
  • The place of reading schemes and children’s literature
  • 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, which allows for gap task learning and review.


Packs of high-quality children’s literature to support phonics teaching can be additionally purchased from justimaginestorycentre.co.uk, or
by email, assistant@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk

Tune In! Book pack A Phase 1 Letters and Sounds

Tune In! Book pack B Phase 2 Letters and Sounds

Tune In! Book pack C Phases 3 & 4 Letters and Sounds

Tune In! Book pack D phases 5 & 6 Letters and Sounds