Alison Philipson – Spelling

I was amazed by the ideas I received from Alison Phillipsons writing session and I recently had the opportunity to learn more with a focus of spelling.

Alison Phillipsons spelling ideas have really brought enjoyment to my class! My class love this simple phonics game!

First of all I pick out some sounds for them to create words with. I usually focus on some sounds that they struggle with and some that will also challenge the advanced pupils.

Every child picks up a whiteboard and pen after lunch whilst I do the register. They then sit and write as many words as thecan using the words.

The amount children come up with is amazing!! It is so open ended and it fits right in with meeting the needs of all children!

Struggling learners spelt simple CVC words like sat, nap, fat and even nit! πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

Whilst advanced pupils spelt words like snake, phone, shape and fake.

You can easily add more sounds and reduced the sounds if necessary too! Give it a try it is great!



The evidence of success!

I have been researching about action research as part of my MA in Education recently and I decided to take on some action research after coming across the problem of children not being secure with their phonics sounds despite daily phonics sessions.

So after shear frustration disappointment in myself after feeling like iv let down my pupils. I decided to create a timetable full of 10 minutes phonics interventions.

We follow the Read Write Inc program (as previously mentioned) and they recommend 10 minutes a day to help struggling learners. The only problem was I could count about 12 children that needed it, which meant that we would need 120 spare minutes every day!

I worked creatively and came up with my action plan:

1. More phonics morning activities for all children.

2. Inform parents! Some parents will help and that communication is vital.

3. Interventions run through the day with the TA and I. Luckily I also have a student this half term so it’s all go from the second children enter the doors!

4. Record progress of children and persevere!

Then the lightbulb moment appeared and the children begun to make rapid progress!

Isn’t it amazing when you see how much you hard work is making a difference! For me the success of the children are worth the blood, sweat and tears that come with the job!

Of course, it’s assessments that have actually made me realise how much progress they have made! Action research is a reciprocal cycle so my next steps are informed by it, let’s get the children fluently reading now they can identify all the sounds in words securely.

I can highly recommend the 20 minutes phonics based plan of read write inc and the support and intervention advice that come with it.

Teach a child to read and you can change everything. And I mean everything.

Ooh and thank you to ‘fred’ for helping us to look for special friends and use ‘fred talk.’πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸΎ


What really makes young children happy!

Have you ever been frustrated after buying a young child an expensive toy with a million fancy buttons but really all they are interested in is the box? Haha!

Young children really don’t need a million fancy musical toys to learn and enjoy, it’s the simplistic of things that really engage them and develop their language and social skills.

I recently spent some time with my nephew and it was amazing to see how much new words he learnt from playing with sand and water!

Although he made my house a complete mess and I felt like I was eating a sand sandwich, it was all worth it!

This sand tray came from the toy store,

Smyths Toys

And it was only Β£14.99! What a bargain.

I purchased the sand on offer at Tesco’s for around Β£3.00 too!

Through playing with sand and water my nephew who is 2 in May, learnt the words

Pat pat – when making sandcastles and the word turtle after creating sand shaped turtles and that was in the space of around 30 minutes!

He didn’t want to put it away and was devastated when I mentioned the word bed time!

The easiest and simplest things are definitely the most engaging!

Give it a try and ditch the super expensive toys!


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Read Write Inc – The Pros & Cons

I have been teaching Read Write Inc for the last 3 years now, so below is a review based on my personal opinion of the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ or the scheme.

The Pro’s

Read Write Inc.

I think read write inc is a great scheme. I have witnessed children making rapid progress in the sessions due to the layout of it.

A lesson starts with speed sounds. This includes children reading a range of previously taught sounds and identifying them in words too.

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Children are there introduced to a new sound and practice saying, reading and spelling the new sound in words instantly.

I think this is great, and it works really well with children putting what they have learnt into practice straight away.

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Throughout the range of colour levels children also read aa variety of books which inlcude different focus sounds.

Through these books they read it for fluency, comprehension, and expression. Which is again another plus as children gain a sense of success when they know they CAN read the book.

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I think the assessments and level of support that comes with read write inc is great too. We have a lady who comes and checks all children are working at the correct level and helps to refresh staff with aspects of the training – such as how to do an intervention.

With all this in mind I think the scheme is pretty amazing, but….


The Con’s

You definitely need to be mindful of those children that aren’t grasping the ‘pace’ of the lesson and are always behind. Pace is seen as such an important thing within RWI, but to me this can hinder children’s progress if you are focused on getting everything done in a lesson as apposed to how much understanding and quality teaching children are getting from it.


I have definitely slowed lessons down to help children grasp and really understand aspects of the lesson – this really helps!


I also think the comprehension side of the scheme doesn’t cover as much as I would like it to. Children ask questions to their partner about the book at a certain point and the teacher also asks children questions. However, the group that I teacher are a mix of year 1/2 so I have started to get children to read and write their answers to questions. I think this is beneficial to all children but also very important for year 2 to grasp due to the layout of the SATS tests.

The books also need added resources to boost children’s imaginations and enjoyment for learning as seen and recommended by Read Write inc above!


Like always, let me know your thoughts πŸ™‚

#Miss Pinnock









You can get it if you really want!

Whilst teaching my class about people who help us and discussing the motivation and history of Florence Nightingale, I also taught my class a song for motivation.

Jimmy cliff… you can get it if you really want!

The children really enjoyed listening to a different genre of music and absolutely love singing it now. I discussed the words with them too, I also play it in a morning whilst they complete their morning activity.

Music can bring so much joy, happiness and motivation for children. I think it’s a great way of lifting their spirits and giving them a love of learning!

Why not give it a try and see if it lifts the spirits in your classroom!

Please share your thoughts!



Encouraging writing with young children

It’s been a hectic few weeks but I have so much to share so lots more blog posts will be on there way soon!

Encouraging children to write in the early years is simple as long as you are super creative!

I always ensure that writing is in every area of my year 1 class and I encourage children by modelling the ranges of writing in each area.

For instance, in the construction area I model how children can design and plan their buildings before creating them.

Our current topic is people who help us! After inviting the police in to talk with the children, the children then entered the classroom after lunch to find this!

It got the children talking and wanting to investigate what had happened.

Who do the footprints belong to?

Why did they enter our classroom?

Let’s write about what have seen and how can investigate just like the police!

Creativity is definitely key, the amount of children that started to write because they were so engaged that afternoon was great!

Let’s make sure the curriculum is still enjoyable for children despite some of the absurd objectives.

Let me know your creative writing ideas!

#Miss Pinnock


This week I got my wand out .. and waved get over it!

Teaching for me is such an amazing job! I honestly go to work bursting with energy ready to make a difference for the children.

This week has been a mix of feelings..from strange questionnaires given to 5 year olds to answer… to people judging teaching practice to what seems all of 10 minutes observing… to the actual magical moment of a struggling learner grasping and independently completing a task in Maths!

What a roller coaster of emotions but I’m glad I’m moving onto Friday with a huge smile, laughing off the mixes of madness this week has brought!

Teaching definitely faces challenges, which unfortunately for some people are too stressful to take. But if you are a new teacher reading this completely overwhelmed, my advice is to honestly laugh it off.

Laugh it off. Do what’s best for the children and keep moving forward!

Have a lovely weekend everyone β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈπŸ’•