Hello! My name is Chloe and I am an experienced primary school teacher. I am the owner and founder of The Phonics Fox® . I qualified in 2002 and have taught children across the primary age range including Early Years. I am also a mother to two boys and two girls. The Phonics Fox® has been inspired by my own experience of teaching children, using methods that work and will provide children with an excellent foundation for when they start school.
At The Phonics Fox®, we are passionate about teaching children to read. We believe it is never too early to begin the journey into the exciting world of books. In our unique classes, we aim to provide early literacy experiences that encourage confidence, independence and foster a love of books for life.
The Phonics Fox® is primarily about learning through play. We aim to provide children with a meaningful context for reading and writing, using stories and fun activities that will stimulate their imagination and develop their reading and writing skills. It is not phonics teaching in isolation- the children will be having so much fun, they won't even realise they are learning.
We believe that parents are children's first and foremost educators. As your child's first teacher, we aim to empower you with the knowledge and skills to begin your child's reading journey. We hope you will take away ideas from our classes that will enable you to continue teaching and enjoying with your child as they grow and flourish.
What will a typical class be like?
In each class, we will learn a new sound and will have a theme that is based on the children's interests. This will be centred on a carefully selected story or poem that will be brought alive by our lovable character, 'Phonics' the Fox. In every class, the children will practise gross motor control through movement and the fine motor skills that are needed for writing. The activities might include: playdough, painting, craft, sensory exploration, sand, role-play and parachute games. These are just a few examples. Each week, the activities will be varied and stimulating.
We will also focus on speaking, listening and understanding skills. These are skills that are not only needed for school, but for life. These skills will be practiced through games and stories.
The sounds will be taught in a carefully planned and structured way. As they become ready, children will be taught the blending and segmenting phonic skills that are needed for reading and writing. These will always be taught in a fun, gentle way with the aim of boosting the confidence of the child and empowering the parent.
Each class will follow a similar pattern for continuity but the games and activities will be different in order to capture the imagination of the child. The classes will cater for kinaesthetic, audio and visual learning styles. Children won't just be listening- they will be actively involved in their own learning. Child initiated learning will always be encouraged through the materials and activities that are provided for the children to choose from.
Will this interfere with my child's learning at school?
The purpose of this class is to give your child a head start at school-helping them to develop the skills they will be taught for reading and writing when they are in Reception. By the end of Reception, all children are expected to be able to read and write. Many of these children have no prior experience of books and are vulnerable to falling behind at such a young age. That is where The Phonics Fox® aims to close this gap. We hope that these classes will encourage active and independent learning that will continue outside of the classroom.
Classes are closely planned within the guidance of the government publication, Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics which is followed in all Early Years Provision in Primary schools. We also follow the EYFS Framework, and ensuring that the Prime and specific areas of learning are covered. We use The *Jolly Phonics actions to teach individual phonemes. Many primary schools use *Jolly Phonics to support their phonics teaching, but if your child's future school doesn't use this scheme, it won't affect your child's learning because the sounds that need to be taught are the same.
*N.B We are not Jolly Phonics trained or accredited teachers. Anyone can use this method.
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