Teaching Reading



Cognitive Load Theory helps explain why the reading progress of some students is slower than expected. Once the theory ‘clicks’ for you, your teaching will change – for the better! Teacher Shirley Houston takes teachers through the theory and practical applications of Cognitive Load. A must-read for every teacher.

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What a year! Teachers across the planet are currently taking stock of the effect of school closures on children’s literacy. Many students who ordinarily would be reaching benchmarks are sadly not. Shirley Houston shares her top five tips for catching up on phonics – quickly!

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When is the right time to introduce letter names? Is it in pre-school with the alphabet song or when phonics is done and dusted? Teacher Shirley Houston pinpoints the sweet spot.

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Lego? Marker? You’ve already got everything you need for our fairground-inspired Lego phonics activities. These fun reading games are a hit with both kids and the time-poor parent.

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Whether your school is partially open, completely closed or returning to a ‘new normal’, Phonics Hero is here to support you. We explain how Phonics Hero can help teachers keep up phonics learning during these tricky times.

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When a child stumbles over how to read or spell a word, many parents feel stumped with how to help and end up just giving the answer. Experienced teacher, Shirley Houston, shows parents how to help when their child gets stuck.

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Are you a little flummoxed with how to help your child learn tricky words? Read on for home-ready, easy activities that make learning these irregular, high-frequency words fun for both little and big kids!

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Give your Easter Egg Hunt a phonics twist by decoding the clues to find the chocolate treats. We’ve made the cards and done the thinking; all you need to do is the hiding (and maybe a bit of munching)!

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Download our Phonics Treasure Hunt Cards. Perfect for those who are currently home schooling – children can practise their decoding and, because they can use them independently, parents will get some well-deserved peace!

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How do you get students to start reading at home before they’re ready for decodable books? Teacher Stephanie Brighton shares her school’s simple, effective (and pocket-sized) solution to bridging the home reading gap, complete with free print-outs.

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