Hi, I'm an NQT and have a year 1 class. The school is undergoing many changes to improve its standards...results in previous years haven't been great but the new HT has begun to make a difference (according to other staff + Ofsted!). Over half my class are still P7 or below and reading is especially low so quality English and phonics teaching is crucial! The phonics my class in reception was... fragmented. I currently have about 4 groups: Phase 5, Phase 3, Phase 2 (just about to start Phase 3) and Phase 2. I have a TA and have been advised by my mentor that she focus on getting the Phase 2 kids up to scratch (which isn't easy as the kids have challening behaviour) whilst I simulateously teach Phase 5 and 3. All my training preached how crucial it is for phonics to be consistant but this past half term I've felt like I don't know whether I'm coming or going with phonics and worried that the kids will fall behind. I don't want to be blamed for my class not progressing properly! How often should I revist review each phoneme? How many should I teach in one session - 1 phase 3 and 1 phase 5? How can I make it engaging without spending hours on resource making which ends up being a distraction from the sounds themselves? And how is appying different from practising? My class are a lovely but challenging bunch... all I want is some practical, simple advice for getting their phonics right and making sure they really enjoy it and then want to read!! Thanks!