Essential C21st Teaching Skills


Understanding the Building Blocks of Language
About this course

Why aren’t we teaching phonics in KS2?

Is Synthetic Phonics the only approach?

Are we actually teaching children the skills of spelling?

With the ever-increasing weighting of children’s spelling in national assessments, this event takes a look at the expectations, previous assessments and the way in which a whole school approach can ensure children are best supported to succeed. We recap the synthetic phonics phases and explore how these can be revisited in KS2. Statistically, with 5-6 of a class of 30 children showing dyslexic type tendencies, we take a brief look at the research surrounding synthetic phonics and alternative approaches that can be employed, for those children who require intervention.


Course Outcomes:
  • Develop a thorough understanding of synthetic phonics and its research origin
  • Analyse your school’s phonics and spelling provision
  • Consider assessment and support for children with dyslexic tendencies
  • Reflect on national assessments
  • Plan a strategic way forward for impact
Course Outline:
Session 1: Back to Basics

Why synthetic phonics?

What is research telling us?

What can I challenge? What can I change?

Dyslexia and appropriate provision

Session 2: Spelling and Memory

Are spelling lists working?

Are we actually teaching spelling?

Developing a positive approach

Application in writing

Session 3: Moving forward for impact ...

Challenging routines

Refocusing expectations

Making sure change happens

Parents as partners

Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787