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What’s in my tray? Phonics Activities at Trumpington Park Primary School

Trumpington Park Primary School

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In Key Stage One, Phonics is a key element of the English curriculum.

The children learn how to read and write by completing a range of Phonics activities. As the children progress, their phonetic understanding also supports them with the spelling of new words.

What’s in my tray? from Gratnells, makers of the iconic classroom tray, is a collection of free, downloadable tray based practical activities that will enthuse and engage your children. Often used in the classroom by teachers, the activities compliment the current curriculum and offer complete lesson plans and kit lists to easily deliver them to a group of students.

Some of the more recent activities developed by Learning Rooms is a suite of Phonics tasks that are tactile and sensory, offering the children a new way of learning. Each individual activity is contained within a shallow Gratnells tray making for easy storage and organisation of resources for teachers. Each activity is based on a different phoneme and can be used by individual students, or in groups of two or more.

The new suite of 5 activities were recently shared with the Year 1 class at Trumpington Park Primary School. Bhavini Pandya, Learning Rooms Leader, visited the school to share with them the new lessons and hear what the students and teachers thought of the interactive way of learning about Phonics. Charlotte Routley, Year 1 Teacher and Key Stage 1 Leader said, “These activities are very tactile and engaging, which is exactly how children in Year 1 learn. The phonics games are useful for both interventions (1:1 or group) and whole class…”.

The students were also positive about the activities commenting that it was lovely and that they “haven’t played a game like this before”. Another added, “It was really fun, I just loved it!”. Miss Routley was also impressed with the activities being contained in a Gratnells tray saying, “…they are easily accessible and store well too”. She added that the children “had a great morning learning new phonics sounds in a more interactive way.”

The school will continue to use the phonics games throughout the year during their lessons.

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