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Phonics Help

Discussion in 'Primary' started by acceb, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Hi. After only ever teaching year 5 and 6 I will be teaching in year 1/2 in September :)
    I am really struggling with the planning of phonics - after discussions with previous teachers I am going to start with phase 4 for the majority.
    What I am struggling with is the organisation of the lesson and how I can challenge and teach the high ability year 2 ch who I presume will be past phase 4.
    I don't have a TA at all and need to teach phonics for a 20 min session and 3 15 min sessions per week.
    Any help and ideas will be greatly appreciated .
  2. Last year I struggled for literally MONTHS trying to plan for phonics. It took me hours which is just ridiculous for the short daily sessions. I expect you've been told to plan using Letters and Sounds when really what you need is a scheme of work ready to go. Someone on here recommended the following website http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ It only costs £12 for an individual subscription and turned out to be a god send - planning broken down into individual lessons and online resources to use (with printable versions if you prefer). I used these and just tweaked to suit my children.
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    My advice would be start by assessing what they know already (phase 4 is a bit of a nothing stage in that it doesn't really teach anything new and can easily be incorporated into the other phases) If they are secure with the first 44 phonemes move onto the alternatives (phase 5) and in the practice part of your lesson use ccvc and cvcc words (phase 4).
    As you will be constantly revising what they have already been taught as part of your daily lesson base the "teach" part to the high ability and in the apply &practice parts differentiate to accommodate all levels of knowledge.

  4. Hi, thank you both for some great suggestions. :)
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I've moved from year 6 to year 2 and have signed up with phonics play as well. I also bought this book, which arrived today, and it looks excellent.

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