Hello, I set up ‘Phonics Family’ to share ways in which parents and carers can help support phonics and early reading at home, or in settings, through engaging and practical activities. The ultimate aim is to demonstrate that learning phonics can be fun!
My undergraduate degree was in BSc Psychology at the University of Sussex where in my final year I specialised in Psychology in Education, Psychology of the Family and the Psychology of Language Development. My dissertation looked at how early print exposure impacted on later comprehension and I guess this is where my interest in phonics started.
In 2005 I studied for my Early Years PGCE at the University of Cambridge. The course developed my passion for teaching in the Early Years and the desire to promote learning though play. I remained connected with the Faculty of Education where I enrolled on a further course looking at promoting independent learning in the Early Years. The course was run by the inspirational David Whitebread. A guru in early education!
I have now been teaching for 16 years with 12 years of them being at the same School. I was employed as Reception Team Leader there and remained in the role for 8 years and then moved to Year 1 Team Leader. I have led phonics across the School in this time and delivered CPD to internal and external staff and provided training to Initial Teacher Training students.
I am a Mum to two little boys, one of is 4 and just started School. This has given me the chance to put phonics into action at home.
I really hope you find the activities on this site useful and they give you confidence to play with phonics at home and support your child in their learning journey, but most importantly have fun!