On Saturday 27th April, Prospero HQ in London was host to the latest in our CPD series: Using Phonics in the Primary Classroom.
The session was led by Anna Jones, one of our account managers and also an experienced primary school teacher, who kicked off the day with a simulation of a real phonics lesson for everyone to experience, leaving all attendees rapt from the very beginning. Anna led our learners through the example lesson until they all had a clear knowledge of the phoneme ‘e’. This meant everyone knew what it was like from a students’ perspective when learning to say envelope, elf, elephant and egg!
The group then covered the intricacies of phonics, recapping terminology, phases and common schemes, as covered in our free online course – An Introduction to Teaching Phonics. It was then time to apply our knowledge to planning a phonics lesson using the structure discussed by Anna, along with her ‘Steps to Success’ for the structure and delivery of a good phonics lesson.
Before we split up into groups to plan our own example lessons, Anna quickly went through some ideas from her own teaching toolkit so different engaging activities when teaching phonics for us to also use. Using different sounds and animations on a presentation was such a simple yet effective way of creating a quick fun activity!
Our breakout session was then working in teams to plan our own phonics lessons on different topics. We then came back together to discuss and feedback on as a whole group. Anna was an excellent facilitator and this was yet another outstanding Prospero CPD session. See what some of the attendees had to say below.
If you would like your own introduction to teaching phonics why not complete our free phonics course available online.
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