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Come and join some Learning Lady training in  2017/18

This year the Learning Lady is delighted to be providing training in partnership with the following organisations:




Fun With Phonics (in Reception) and Fab Phonics (in Y1)
Dynamic, synthetic phonics training courses for Reception and Year 1 teachers which include:
                                                                               Heaps of inspirational ideas to take away                                                                                     Demonstration footage and ‘live’ teaching to observe best practice
Top tips for planning and assessment
Trouble shooting and personal support               

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Fun With Phonics Reception Dates

Monday 27th November 2017, 9.30-4.00, Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School, Nottinghamshire


Monday 15th January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Nottinghamshire County Council


Fab Phonics Y1 Dates

Thursday 26th October 2017, 9.30-4.00, Fossebrook Primary School, Leicester


Tuesday 28th November 2017, 9.30-4.00, Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School, Nottinghamshire


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Pre-Phonics-Getting Them Ready for Reading

With the emphasis on high expectations in phonics in our schools, it is more important than ever that our youngest children have well developed early phonic skills at the preschool stage. This inspirational pre-phonics training course will show you how!

Attendance on this course will undoubtedly impact on the teaching of pre-phonic skills in your school or setting, enabling children to tune in, remember and talk about sounds in readiness for the phonic work to come.

A VERY Practical course which goes way beyond Letters & Sounds
Heaps of inspirational ideas to take away
Top tips for planning and assessment
Trouble shooting and personal support

Pre-Phonics Dates

Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Nottinghamshire County Council


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Engaging Boys: Getting Them Writing No Matter What!

Closing the gender gap in writing outcomes continues to be an area for EYFS improvement nationally. This course looks at the key learning differences between boys and girls, to tackle this issue head on! Practitioners attending this course will take away practical ideas and common sense solutions to apply back in the EYFS classroom straight away. During the afternoon you will:

                   Consider key gender differences between and the impact these have on engagement and writing development                                                  Investigate practical ways to inspire all children to write with confidence and pride                                                                   Recognise the impact of teaching phonic application directly so that boys can see rapid success in writing                              Identify and plan to improve aspects of professional practice

Engaging Boys:

Tuesday 10th October 2017, 1pm-4pm, Ashmount School, Loughborough


New to the EYFS

Creative Maths: Problem Solving in the EYFS


Just for EYFS TA’s….

PLACES ARE LIMITED ON ALL COURSES so be sure to book well in advance

Can’t Get to the training? No Problem!

All courses can be run as stand alone INSET packages or

Reboot Letters and Sounds!

Available Soon!!!!


 Since the introduction of Letters and Sounds in 2007,  the impact of high quality phonic work has been noted by many practitioners, and the games introduced seven years ago are still being played enthusiastically .

But….. wouldn’t’ it be nice to play some new games? To take the four part teaching sequence outside or link it to the time of year? What if there could be minimal effort for maximum enjoyment and a breath of fresh air could be applied to those phonics sessions? Well now it can!!!

With years of experience of demonstrating, advising, improving, making and researching, The Learning Lady has collected together all of her best ideas in one place, just for you. Your class will love playing musical statues to apply their reading, joining in with ‘pass the bag’ to revisit and practise by playing the topsy turvy flower pot game! You can’t afford to miss it!

What’s The Problem?

Coming Soon!


Teaching children to solve mathematical problems and approach investigations can be full of light bulb moments, but very tricky too! It can be all too tempting to set the children off with a problem or investigation and ‘see how they get on’. Children need the skills of talking and thinking through how to approach a problem or investigation, and need the decision making process and possibility thinking to be carefully  modelled. They need lots of  practise through a range of non-threatening, real-life contexts which they can relate to over time. This resource will really help you to do all of this and much more!

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