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I Can Spell: Words containing ge/gi/gy/j

Unit 2: Module 2 (Based on Year 2 curriculum) Spelling activity pack for words containing: – ge/gi/gy – j and that make the sound as in ‘joy’ and ‘gentle’ Note: See [this resource for words with the same sound ending in ge/dge](https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/i-can-spell-words-ending-with-ge-dge-11303316)_ Packed with spelling activities! Includes: – 2 powerpoint files (one for each of […]

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Year 1 Phonics Revision Books: Vowel Sounds: Set of 4

Set of four phonics workbooks focussed on vowel sounds. Each book includes 45 pages of mixed writing challenges. Book 1: /eɪ/ (ai as in rain, ay as in play) /iː/ (ee as in feed, ea as in heat) Book 2: /aɪ/ (igh as in high, y as in try) /əʊ/ (ow as in slow, oa […]

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Phonics Planning Guide: Story Wizard Phonics

23rd February 2018 - By 

Story Wizard Phonics supports children to become young story writers by:
-using basic shapes to develop fine motor skills and then combining those shapes to form letters (available in both print and cursive)
– creating ‘word wands’ to trace newly learned phonemes in the air
– providing guidance for pronunciation including mouth positions and patterns for short and stretched sounds
– organising phonemes into words (and writing them themselves)
– discussing the meanings and usage of every word they learn (including exception words)

The emphasis is on helping children to understand the shapes, sounds, meanings and usage of the symbols they learn towards becoming word wizards!

Every new phoneme is introduced in the context of a word using only phonemes that have been previously taught. This helps children to continuously consolidate their prior learning while also recognising the relationship between sounds, letters and words.

Children are encouraged to begin writing sentences with words they have learned and can use these to create their first story book.

This planning guide provides an overview of the available resources and how they can be organised across the full academic year including:
– 14 weeks of expected phonemes (including baseline assessments and monitoring)
– 12 weeks of consolidation activities (including further monitoring)
– 10 weeks of advanced phonemes (including additional monitoring)
– Monitoring and assessment including individual and class tracking

Story Wizard Phonics resources are available here.

These extended consolidation resources include phonemes expected to be learned at the Foundation Stage. This bundle includes: Extended 6 Consonant phonemes: b.d.j.l.n.p.r.s.t.x Short vowels: a.e.i.o.u Consonant digraphs: ng.nk.qu.th Extended 7…

These extended consolidation resources include phonemes expected to be learned at the Foundation Stage. This bundle includes all ten sets: (Note these can also be ordered as two smaller sets:…

Monitoring & assessment resources for Exception Words and High Frequency words for the Foundation Stage. Easily identify abilities and gaps. Individual Monitoring Sheet: Monitor progress over time. Use one colour…


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Phonics Sounds Guidance

5th February 2018 - By 

Guidance for the symbols used with the Story Wizard phonics scheme including the International Phonetic Alphabet, initial mouth positions and variations of phonemes in the English language.

Story Wizard Phonics resources include additional pronunciation and spelling guidance.

Includes two sets of consolidation activities for the advanced level at the Foundation Stage. Set 1 includes: Vowel sounds: ai.e.ea.oi.oo Consonants: d.f.g.h.j.k.l.m.n.p.r.s.t.v.w Split digraphs: a_e i_e o_e u_e Set 2…

Monitoring & assessment resources for Exception Words and High Frequency words for the Foundation Stage. Easily identify abilities and gaps. Individual Monitoring Sheet: Monitor progress over time. Use one colour…

These extended consolidation resources include phonemes expected to be learned at the Foundation Stage. This bundle includes: Extended 1 Consonant phonemes: d.g.m.n.p.s.t Short vowels: a.i.o Extended 2 Consonant phonemes: b.c.d.g.k.m.n.p.s.t…


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Spot the Punctuation Marks – Christmas

7th December 2017 - By 

How many hidden punctuation marks can you spot in this Christmas poster?

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How we got to write English in the way we write it today. - Printable book detailing the development of writing and punctuation in English - High quality slides that…

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Forty writing challenges in four workbooks with additional creative challenges. Detailed step-by-step guidance in two sets of slides with additional notes for teachers and parents. Covers all aspects of the…

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Thirty writing challenges in three workbooks with additional creative challenges. Detailed step-by-step guidance in two sets of slides with additional notes for teachers and parents. Covers all aspects of the…


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Spot the Punctuation Marks – Halloween

10th October 2017 - By 

How many hidden punctuation marks can you spot in this spooky Halloween poster?

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Get heart beats and imaginations racing with the Awful Alphabet! A word for each letter of the alphabet that can be used to create a creepy/spooky/scary sentence. Each word is…

Are you brave enough to enter the Haunted House, stare in the Ghostly Mirror and splat a few pumpkins? 130+ sheets including writing challenge sheets and themed display materials: –…

Are you brave enough to enter the Haunted House, stare in the Ghostly Mirror and splat a few pumpkins? 176 sheets including writing challenge sheets and themed display materials: –…


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Letter Shapes – lowercase print

3rd October 2017 - By 

The Magic Shapes handwriting resources break down letters into simple shapes that can be used to practice shape making and as fine motor skill activities. Those shapes can then be combined into individual letters.

This free reference guide groups letters together that use similar shapes. You can use it to assist with lesson planning and to help children identify familiar shapes across different letters.

The Magic Shapes lowercase edition can be ordered here.

Includes three sets of five sheets. Each sheet includes basic shapes used to form letters. Children can trace a path for Wendy Witch by following the lines as closely as…

EVERY letter of the alphabet in cursive. Uses fine motor skills and basic shape making as a foundation for forming letter shapes. Each letter has been broken down in to…

Includes two sets of consolidation activities for the advanced level at the Foundation Stage. Set 1 includes: Vowel sounds: ai.e.ea.oi.oo Consonants: d.f.g.h.j.k.l.m.n.p.r.s.t.v.w Split digraphs: a_e i_e o_e u_e Set 2…


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Letter Shapes – Cursive Writing

3rd October 2017 - By 

The Magic Shapes handwriting resources break down letters into simple shapes that can be used to practice shape making and as fine motor skill activities. Those shapes can then be combined into individual letters.

This free reference guide groups letters together that use similar shapes. You can use it to assist with lesson planning and to help children identify familiar shapes across different letters.

The Magic Shapes cursive edition can be ordered here.

These extended consolidation resources include phonemes expected to be learned at the Foundation Stage. This bundle includes: Extended 6 Consonant phonemes: b.d.j.l.n.p.r.s.t.x Short vowels: a.e.i.o.u Consonant digraphs: ng.nk.qu.th Extended 7…

These extended consolidation resources include phonemes expected to be learned at the Foundation Stage. This bundle includes: Extended 1 Consonant phonemes: d.g.m.n.p.s.t Short vowels: a.i.o Extended 2 Consonant phonemes: b.c.d.g.k.m.n.p.s.t…

Perfect for fine motor skills. Write a letter and then fold the page into an envelope addressed to Santa. Includes: - Santa letter/envelope template - Instructions (including Powerpoint guidance) -…


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Cursive Writing Joins Grid

3rd October 2017 - By 

This joins grid demonstrates joins for the cursive set of Magic Shapes handwriting letters. As with any handwriting scheme the methods should only be considered as guidance towards supporting children to develop a style of writing they are comfortable with.

You can download the grid for free below.

Magic shapes handwriting resources are also available in lowercase print and UPPERCASE.

Includes two sets of consolidation activities for the advanced level at the Foundation Stage. Set 1 includes: Vowel sounds: ai.e.ea.oi.oo Consonants: d.f.g.h.j.k.l.m.n.p.r.s.t.v.w Split digraphs: a_e i_e o_e u_e Set 2…

Includes three sets of five sheets. Each sheet includes basic shapes used to form letters. Children can trace a path for Wendy Witch by following the lines as closely as…

Perfect for fine motor skills. Write a letter and then fold the page into an envelope addressed to Santa. Includes: - Santa letter/envelope template - Instructions (including Powerpoint guidance) -…