A complete planning and resource pack for Phonics intervention group activities - Phase 1 (Letters and Sounds).
The planning format is fully editable and features over 25 separate sessions of group activities, covering all aspects from Phase 1 (sound discrimination, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds, oral blending and segmenting). There is also space for writing dates and teacher comments on the planning format.
The pack includes both planning and resources, and as such is ‘ready to go’ - the entire pack can be printed out and handed to your teachers/TAs for a full term of intervention groups or focus group activities.
‘Good listening’ flashcards
Conversation starter question prompts
A ‘Sound Hunt’ recording sheet
Polysyllabic picture cards (for clapping out syllables)
CVC picture cards
The planning template is provided in both Word and PDF formats.
An A4 observation template for EYFS topics such as ‘All About Me’, ‘This is Me’ and ‘Ourselves’. Encourage children to draw a picture in each box while speaking about themselves, and write down what they say in the comments box. An example of how to complete the sheet is also included.
A back to school activity to support gathering evidence for ‘Speaking’, ‘Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness’ and ‘People and Communities’.
A Powerpoint presentation that comprises ten different scenes - each with the numbers 1-10 hidden within them. This has proved really successful within my Early Years setting to develop and secure numeral recognition. We often use it as a Maths Starter activity and it has engaged pupils very well. Some scenes are more challenging than others, though it consistently surprises me how much better children are at spotting the numbers than adults!
There are lots of different ways of using this resource to ensure appropriate pitch and challenge:
We write the numbers 1-10 on our class board and tick them off as we find them in the pictures. Ensuring that we search for the numbers in order has really helped to secure number sense.
We ask children to describe where the numbers are, supporting them to use positional language and to develop their speaking and listening skills, e.g. “The number 10 is next to/on top of/underneath the table”.
Children can write the numbers on their own whiteboards and work on the activity individually - this way they also get practice of writing the numerals.
We provide a checklist for children to tick them off themselves as we search for the numbers together as a whole class, supporting children to ‘match’ the numbers as we develop early number sense.
We have often found that children are inspired to go and create their own ‘number hunt’ pictures independently after our Maths sessions, which then provides lots of evidence for our Learning Journeys and ensures that learning is embedded.
A 1-20 Number Hunt activity is also available for purchase in my store.
'How to Train your Dragon’ is all about controlling our emotions, understanding where they come from in the brain and what we can do about it. It provides an accessible introduction to the brain for younger learners, and depicts the amygdala (the brain’s emotional centre) as a dragon that we need to tame!
We have found this incredibly useful across a range of year groups - EYFS/KS1/KS2. While it can seem intimidating to introduce neuroscience to young children, when it’s pitched correctly it can have enormous impact. A genuine quote from a 5 year old in my class last year: “I went on a rollercoaster at the weekend with my dad and I was feeling really scared, but then I remembered that I just had to give my prefrontal cortex some time to think and I felt much better!”
The presentation covers several topics and as such can be spread over several lessons and built upon, or taught in one. It includes:
*An introduction to the brain and 3 key players within it, depicted as characters to engage young learners. Meet PC Prefrontal Cortex, Hippocampus the memory saver, and Amygdala the dragon!
*An understanding of why it’s so important to keep our brains and bodies healthy – eating healthily, exercising and getting enough sleep – as well as a reminder to wear a helmet when riding a bike or scooter, to protect our brains.
*Interactive slides for discussion, e.g. How do you feel when… you’re playing with your friends/you hear a big bang at night/you’re riding a rollercoaster etc., and an understanding that all these emotions come from the amygdala (your dragon!)
*Some ideas of how to calm down, consistent with a mindfulness approach (deep breathing, counting to 10 etc.) A discussion of why it’s so important to talk about our feelings.
The key message is that if we show ‘Amygdala the dragon’ how to calm down and wait before acting out, we will give PC Prefrontal Cortex and Hippocampus enough time to come to the rescue, and help us to feel better.
I hope you find it as beneficial as we have!
A complete set of resources for a Home Corner Role Play, designed to support reading, writing and mathematical development within the Early Years. Includes:
Photo labels for display
Photo recipes to follow
Houses around the world display photos
Phone numbers to display
Rooms of the house and types of houses display
Shopping Lists (+ blank template)
To Do Lists (+ blank template)
TV screen with numbered channels
Washing machine dial and Washing Instructions
An interactive advent calendar for a bit of fun during the festive period. Children can click on a number from 1-25 for a silly number joke each day from a Numberblock. Great for number recognition during Maths starter activities, or whenever you find yourself with a spare five minutes and a classful of children!
A one page Reading Record for Reception aged pupils, featuring the ‘Development Matters’ reading statements for 30-50 months, 40-60 months and the Early Learning Goal. There is space for teacher comments and logging the dates and books read each week.
In my Reception class we have a reading folder for the whole class. Every child gets one of these sheets either half-termly or termly, to document their progression and to support assessment. Practitioners write comments by the side and date when steps are achieved. Having the Development Matters statements easily to hand helps prompt practitioners to further children’s learning and plan for their ‘next steps’.
‘Number of the Week’ posters 1-10.
Each poster is on its own A4 page and features a representation of the number in three different ways - on fingers, as Numicon number shapes and as objects - as well as 1 more and 1 less than that number displayed in the same way. There is also a blank poster for children to complete themselves in continuous provision or as a home learning task.
Ideal for use alongside White Rose or Maths Mastery approaches to planning, who suggest learning one number a week to secure and consolidate number sense.
A selection of 20 different photograph cards and matching captions, featuring CVC words from Phase 2 (Letters and Sounds).
We have found these really useful for a range of phonic activities - you can separate the captions from the photos and ask children to match them together. We also use them in phonics lessons, on displays, or have them available in the reading corner for children to access independently.
An A-Z sound mat to support early writing development. Each sound features a letter formation picture prompt, using photo-realistic images instead of clipart - to support younger pupils, EAL and SEN learners who benefit more from real-life imagery.
A set of display posters for the Home Corner, showing photographs of typical houses and rooms in countries around the world, with labels to support early reading development. Countries included are: Japan, Spain, Sweden, England, Australia, India, Cuba, America and South Korea. Great for encouraging discussion of similarities and differences and supporting children’s development of People and Communities and Understanding the World. Could also be printed and turned into a non-fiction book for the Reading or Home Corner.
A set of cockpit controls for use in an airport/aeroplane role play, to support Reading and Mathematical development through purposeful play. Includes speed controls (numbers to 10), position display, sentences to read (e.g. turn on the seatbelt sign), cockpit photograph, world map and flight speed dial.
A picture of a room filled with objects starting with the letter ‘n’ - designed to support phonics development in the Early Years and to make learning fun. “What’s in the sound room today?”
Includes Powerpoint and PDF poster.
An individual recording sheet for baseline phonic assessments. Assesses single sound recognition (a-z), oral blending, CVC word and tricky word reading (Phase 2). Ideally repeated half-termly or termly to show progression. Can also support allocating children to streaming groups for differentiated teaching.
Flashcards of the words and sounds within the assessment are also included.
Picture Spotters for use in Phonic lessons.
Initial Sound Picture Spotters:
These initial sound posters are filled with objects that start with each letter’s sound. Each ‘sound room’ has at least 10 pictures or objects starting with that sound. We have found these really useful to use at the beginning of Phonics lessons when we are introducing a new sound. All sounds from A-Z are covered. Download includes Powerpoint and PDF versions.
Digraph/Trigraph Picture Spotters:
These digraph/trigraph picture spotters are filled with objects that contain each sound (Phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs and Read Write Inc Set 2 sounds) . Each ‘sound room’ has at least 10 pictures or objects containing that sound. 24 different sounds are included:
ch, sh, th, ng, nk, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo (zoo), oo (book), ar, ur, or, ow (cow), oi, ear, air, ure, er, ay, ow (snow), ir, oy. Download includes Powerpoint and PDF versions.
“What’s in the sound room today?”
These A-Z display posters feature letter formation rhymes and use photo-realistic images for each sound instead of clipart - to support younger pupils, EAL and SEN learners who benefit more from real-life imagery.
Each sound is on its own A4 sheet.
This download includes a comprehensive set of weekly phonic lesson plans, covering all Set 2 sounds (ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy). Each weekly plan covers three sounds per week and the plans are fully editable.
Also included are flashcards for all Set 2 Green Words. These are designed to be printed double sided so that words can be read with or without sound buttons (select ‘Flip page on short edge’ when printing).
A comprehensive set of planning and resources for small group Phonics intervention or focus group activities within the Early Years/Key Stage 1. Covers Phases 1 and 2 of Letters and Sounds.
The packs include both planning and resources, and as such are ‘ready to go’ - they can be printed out in full and handed to your teachers/TAs for immediate intervention groups.
The planning formats are fully editable and feature over 20 separate activities for both phases (over 45 sessions in total).