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Improving Phonics Provision in the Early Years

Phonics is a key skill for children in learning to read, write and develop language. It is the precursor to actual reading and comprehension so it must be given the appropriate amount of attention in the early years. This five-part course will develop your schools understanding of early years phonics and explore different activities to support your children on their phonics journey.

  • Develop and support your overall understanding of phonics in the early years
  • Look at the importance of the key elements in phonics including oral blending and shared reading
  • Give you practical ways in which to teach phase one and two phonics
  • Explore opportunities for consolidation across the curriculum
5 hours
£265 + VAT
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About this course

Part 1: Developing Sound Discrimination

Phonics teaching supports children’s early acquisition of knowledge about our alphabetical system. This training will: 

  • Help you to gain a deep understanding of the requirements of phase 1 phonics
  • Look at the different types of sounds
  • Explore engaging ways to support the development of children’s knowledge and understanding of sounds

Part 2:
The Importance of Blending and Segmenting

Oral blending and segmenting is a key element in children learning to read and write. This training will: 

  • Develop your understanding of the progression of oral blending and segmenting
  • Support you in developing children’s ability to orally blend and segment
  • Explore practical ways to help children hear and say the sounds in words

Part 3: The Importance of Talk

Talking, communication and social interactions form a crucial part of children’s early education and beyond. Many children arrive at early education settings with poor language skills, so it is the job of early years practitioners to fill this gap. This training will: 

  • Explore quality interactions 
  • Give you practical ideas for developing children’s listening skills
  • Look at different types of questioning 

Part 4: Phonemes and Graphemes – Learning to Read

Recognising and using phonemes and graphemes to read and write are the next steps in children’s learning. This training will: 

  • Explore practical ways of supporting the learning of phoneme-grapheme correspondences
  • Focus on progression in phase two
  • Look at practical ways to also develop gross and fine motor skills alongside phonics

Part 5: Supporting Phonics Development throughout the Early Years 

Whilst phonics must be taught directly to children, there must still be opportunities for children to use, develop and connect their understanding of what they have learnt within the environment. This training will: 

  • Explore ways to enhance phonics provision 
  • Look at the use of your environment to support this
  • Give you practical suggestions on how to promote writing for purpose and a love of reading 

This course is appropriate for EYFS and special schools.

  • Early years leaders
  • Early years teachers
  • Early years practitioners 

If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on
01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • On-demand recording, with 30 days access to watch at a time and location to suit you!
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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