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:
- Use body language
- Engage as many senses as possible
- Expose children to letter and sounds of English
- 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!