Model lessons for very young learners #2: help develop children’s literacy with phonics

Lauren Ward

In this model lesson from Super Safari, Laura and Mike the Monkey take you through a full practical lesson which develops literacy skills through the use of phonics.

Laura begins by explaining how phonics helps to develop a child’s ability to hear, identify and manipulate sound. She suggests that teachers should create a ‘print-rich’ environment and encourage pupils to notice the letters around them. Repetition of sound also helps children to remember. A quick tip Laura gives for this is to use a fun simple chant, for example, ‘p-p-p-pencil!’. Children also learn quickly though repetition and imitation, so bringing movement into the classroom can help build children’s phonics knowledge.

Here are Laura’s top 4 tips for any teacher running a phonics lesson with very young learners:

  1. Use body language
  2. Engage as many senses as possible
  3. Expose children to letter and sounds of English
  4. Repeat the exercise to help children remember


Watch the full model lesson to get more insights and see these tips in action:

If liked this one, make sure to watch the other Super Safari model lessons for very young learners!

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