Phonics progressions and phonemic awareness: coaching webinar questions





Literacy Hub


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Literacy specialists Rebecca McEwan and Elaine Stanley present this question and answer session about using a phonics progression and developing phonemic awareness.

View the transcript.

Resources mentioned in this video

Literacy Hub phonics progression [4:08]

SPELD – free decodables [7:16]

Spelfabet – list of decodables [7:24]

Year 1 Phonics Check [10:08]

Questions covered in this video

What advice can you give if students understand concepts during phonics lessons, but are not transferring their knowledge to reading and writing in the classroom? [0:10]

How do I use these resources with students who have English as an additional language? [2:45]

My school only has books that are non-decodable. How do I support my students to use their phonics knowledge? [5:44]

What's the best way to tackle a phonic sequence in a multi-age classroom, for example, a 1–2 classroom? [7:34] 

The progression I'm following matches a set of decodables, but there are no lesson plans to teach the phonics. What do I do then? [10:33]

Who is this video for?

Foundation to Year 2 teachers; school leaders

What will you learn?

How to support students to transfer phonics knowledge to reading and writing.

How to cater for students with diverse needs and students with English as a second language.

What decodable resources students can use for repeated practice.

How to use data to cater for a range of student abilities.


Elaine Stanley and Rebecca McEwan are experienced teachers, school leaders and literacy coaches. They have had extensive experience implementing systematic synthetic phonics in primary school classrooms, and have recently coached disadvantaged schools around Australia.

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