485692_62113197Just had my 1st formal, external officer, observation. The context was one of school improvement where all teaching staff were being observed to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching of reading across the school. Guided reading, English and phonics were the focus lessons.

Planning and preparation were the expected bedfellows of success as was a relaxed delivery. When asked by the assistant head, “How did it go then?”

I replied, “Well I enjoyed it.” This spoke volumes because as it turns out so did the children. I was pleased and surprised to be told that I had delivered an outstanding lesson (phonics). The surprise stemmed from the fact that I did not really do anything different to what I had done before in a phonics session.

Punchy, pacey, up beat and loud. Good subject knowledge which was used to quickly correct errors in a lighthearted manner. – “Ream!” (Essex, J., 2013)


About Julian

An Anglia Ruskin graduate with a genuine interest in action research in life and in education. A keen cook and an industrious parent who is determined to build his own outdoor bread / pizza oven.
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4 Responses to Phonics

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sounds exciting stuff

  2. Julian says:

    Thanks. It was a good day and it was a Friday. šŸ™‚

  3. Ian says:

    REAM – cracker. It sounds like you are enjoying teaching and the pupils are enjoying being taught – critical factors in achieving outstanding learning.

  4. Hi Julian,

    Google picked up on your ‘phonics’ entry which brought me to your blog.

    Congratulations on your lesson observation.

    If you are interested in information and professional development for phonics, I thought you might enjoy looking at the following sites – of which my own sites provide masses of free resources including a wide range of Alphabetic Code Charts and handwriting material – and I also provide a free advisory service – just email me or use the message forums.

    So, keep up the good work and do check out the following:

    And I have just started a critique for Letters and Sounds (only done the basis for it so far) – see my Naked Emperor blog via:

    Warm regards,


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