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How to use

Getting started couldn’t be easier. In fact we’ve made it so simple that you’ll be asking for Special Phonic Fairy Helpers in your class to take control of the laptop to indulge in the next exciting sound and story!

All you need to do is click on the sound you are working with and then choose to either watch the Magical Moments Film with the children, or make a cup of tea (cake optional, but always welcome) and settle down to enjoy the Teaching Highlight Film.

FAQ

If you have any questions or queries on how to use the programme or to banish the most common technical gremlins, please click here to see if these frequently asked questions may put you back on track.

How have the teachers in the pilot schools used the lesson plans? For example, have they taught the four part lesson as one full lesson or taught the ‘Revisit/review’ and ‘Teach’ as a whole class session and the ‘Practice’ and ‘Apply’ as small group work?

Most of the pioneering schools have taught the four part sessions in one full lesson, however in reception they tend to teach the main input whole class, then rotate differentiated small groups to practise and apply – leaving out the resources to support continuous provision. .

Has there been any difference in terms of impact if different models were followed?

Both models work, more importantly children are choosing to read and write for pleasure using the books as a stimulus.

How do you teach letter names within the STP programme?

Letter names are taught throughout the programme, contextualised alongside the sounds, this is shown in more detail within the teaching training videos.

Are the books linked with the national curriculum objectives for Year One?

Yes

I can access the website but I can’t view the videos. What do I need to do?

In order to view the videos you will need to be able to access Vimeo. This is sometimes blocked by local firewalls. Please Check to see if you can access Vimeo by going to vimeo.com. If you can’t you will need to speak to your internet security provider about de restricting the site. If you can view Vimeo but still can’t play the videos on the StoryTime Phonics site, please contact our customer services team who will be happy to help.

Can Action Cards be sent home to parents?

Yes, we would encourage them to be shared with all. The cards are available in a smaller format, with sparkle mark sayings added. They can be made into keyrings if required.

What do you do for beyond Phase 5?

The resource doesn’t have specific Phase 6 lessons but in the Phase 5 lessons, there are opportunities for further learning into Phase 6. We may not cover Phase 6 completely in depth but most of the extension activities in year 1/Phase 5 do introduce and incorporate Phase 6 (tenses, suffixes/prefixes, alternative spellings etc).
Also, just a reminder that these lesson plans are there as a guide to teachers and can be adapted fully into your own learning style for the needs of your class. Therefore, the activities which do start to look at Phase 6 could be extended if necessary to suit your needs as each book has the potential to offer this.

Can the lesson plans be edited with actions/ideas to pull the week together in a plenary lesson to reinforce what the children have learnt?

The programme offers an opportunity for this at the beginning of every new week (on Monday). This lesson acts as a plenary to reinforce and consolidate all previous week’s learning. The lesson plans are also available online as a PDF which can be copied and pasted into word to edit as you see fit to suit your teaching style and class needs.

What is the structure for Reception?

In Reception there are 12 weeks (excluding 2 intro weeks) where the children learn phase 2 and 3 sounds. The structure is that they learn 4 new sounds each week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). Monday is used at the beginning of each week to reinforce and consolidate previous week’s learning. Children are constantly reviewing and recapping the sounds they have learnt.

What is the structure for Phase 5?

In Phase 5, the structure changes slightly as there are only 13 new sounds to be taught over the 16 week period. Therefore, the majority of Phase 5 is used for consolidating all sounds taught previously, referencing those that are alternative spellings to the same sound. For example, ‘ai’ in snail trail (Phase 3) now becomes ‘a-e’ in Caveman Dave (Phase 5). That particular week’s lesson will refer back to Snail Trail and consolidate that sound and add alternative spellings for the same sound.

Do TTS offer training?

From Spring 2022, we will be hosting online Q & A sessions. Please keep an eye out on our StoryTime Phonics Facebook group for further information and key dates.

If you have multiple classes is there scope for doing lessons in a different order to allow for the sharing of resources?

We do recommend that the lessons are taught in the same order. Photocopiable lesson plans and additional resources available to buy should allow you to teach multiple lessons at the same time.

Does the course follow a similar format to Letters and Sounds?

Yes

Does the course follow the same teaching order?

Yes

Does the course split the sounds into the same phases?

Yes

How long do you think each phase will take to complete? Is there any built in flexibility in the lesson plans for ‘recap’ sessions with the children?

In Reception there are 12 weeks (excluding 2 intro weeks) where the children learn phase 2 and 3 sounds. The structure is that they learn 4 new books/sounds each week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), where Monday is used at the beginning of each week to reinforce and consolidate previous week’s learning. Therefore, children are constantly reviewing and recapping the sounds they have learnt.

In Phase 5, the structure changes slightly as there are only 13 new sounds to be taught over the 16 week period. Therefore, the majority of Phase 5 is used for consolidating all sounds taught previously, referencing those that are alternative spellings to the same sound. For example, ‘ai’ in snail trail (Phase 3) now becomes ‘a-e’ in Caveman Dave (Phase 5). That particular week’s lesson will refer back to Snail Trail and consolidate that sound and add alternative spellings for the same sound.

Why are there additional books which don’t have an actual sound attached to them or a video?

These lovely books are all about sounds and listening skills, supporting Phase 1.
• Harold Finds a Voice
• Beegu
These are used for the first 2 introductory weeks of the programme where all lessons are taught using these 2 books to cover Phase 1.

There are an additional 3 books (in Phase 5) to reinforce certain sounds and to enhance the teaching of particular sounds where the book included with video isn’t quite enough.
• Bear and Hare mine
• Rumble in the Jungle