Story Wizard Phonics supports children to become young story writers by:
- 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.
Each word is placed in the context of a sentence. Sentences can be created with group and individual activities.
This planning guide provides an overview of the available resources and how they can be organised across the full academic year including:
- 24 weeks of new phonemes and spelling conventions (including baseline assessments, monitoring and initial consolidation)
- 8 weeks of extended consolidation activities
- 2 weeks of advanced phonemes to assist the transition into the next year group
- Monitoring and assessment including individual and class tracking
Story Wizard Phonics resources for ages 4–6 are available here.
Guidance for the scheme for 3–5 year olds is available here.