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How to videos for parents and carers

How to … is a new series of videos that we've created to help parents better understand how key topics are taught in school, and what you can do at home to support what your child is learning at school.

how to support your child with phonics at home

Working with the team from Oxford Owl for School (our partner site that supports schools and teachers), this new series aims to help parents and teachers work even more closely to support children's learning. For each topic, we've created three types of video:

      1) animations - fun introductions to each topic
      2) parent videos - practical ideas for developing skills at home
      3) teacher videos - if you're also a primary school teacher, you can sign up to Oxford Owl for School and watch our teacher videos for free.

We would welcome your feedback on this new series - do fill in this quick survey if you have a few minutes to spare. Thank you!

How to ... Phonics | Phrases & clauses | Sentences | Nouns | Comprehension

How to ... Phonics

Phonics animation

What is Phonics?
Animation

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Teacher and parent James Clements explains what
phonics is.

how to support your child with phonics at home

How to ... Phonics
Parent video

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Understand how to put reading with phonics into practice with Emily Guille-Marrett and her son Albie.

Charlotte Raby teacher training film on phonics

How to... Phonics
Teacher video

Teachers will need to log in to Oxford Owl for School to access teacher videos.

More phonics help:

pronounce phonics pure sounds

How to pronounce pure sounds

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A Read, Write, Inc. film on how to pronounce pure sounds.

phonics made easy page

Phonics made easy

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More videos providing phonics support for parents.

Buy My Phonics Kit

My Phonics Kit

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Fun phonics practice at home, perfect preparation for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.



How to ... Phrases and clauses

animation about sentences, clauses and phrases

What are phrases and clauses? Animation

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James Clements introduces sentences, phrases and clauses.

support your child with grammar at home

How to ... Phrases & clauses
Parent video

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Emily Guille-Marrett shares ideas for learning about sentences, phrases and clauses at home.

Charlotte Raby teacher training video

How to ... Phrases and clauses
Teacher video

Teachers will need to log in to Oxford Owl for School to access teacher videos.



How to ... Sentences

animation about types of sentence

What are sentences?
Animation

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James Clements introduces different sentence types, including statements, questions and commands.

support your child with grammar at home

How to ... Sentences
Parent video

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Watch some fun ways to explore sentence types at home with Emily and Albie.

Charlotte Raby teacher training video on sentence types

How to ... Sentences
Teacher video

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How to ... Nouns

What are nouns?
Animation

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James Clements introduces nouns.

What are nouns?
Parent video

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Emily Guille-Marrett shares ideas to support your child learn about nouns at home.

What are nouns?
Teacher videos

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Grammar games:
Common and proper nouns
Parent video

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Emily Guille-Marrett shares grammar games to explore common and proper nouns at home.

Grammar games:
Concrete and abstract nouns
Parent video

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Emily Guille-Marrett shares grammar games to explore concrete and abstract nouns at home.

Grammar games:
Countable and non-countable nouns
Parent video

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Emily Guille-Marrett shares grammar games to explore countable and non-countable nouns at home.



More help with grammar

advice about grammar at primary school

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling made easy

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Ideas for activities and games you can play with your child to support their learning.

Buy My Grammar Punctuation Spelling Kit

My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit

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Designed to make spelling, punctuation and grammar fun
for your child.

Buy Oxford primary grammar dictionary

Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

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This essential dictionary includes simple rules, tips, and examples to improve literacy skills.



How to ... Comprehension

Comprehension animation

What is Comprehension?
Animation

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Teacher and parent James Clements tells us all about comprehension.

how to support your child with comprehension at home

What is Comprehension?
Parent video

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Understand how to develop your child's reading comprehension with Emily Guille-Marrett.

Charlotte Raby teacher training film on comprehension

How to... Comprehension
Teacher videos

Teachers will need to log in to Oxford Owl for School to access teacher videos.



Meet our experts

James Clements

James Clements

James Clements worked as
a teacher and deputy head
at a primary school in West
London for ten years.
He now is now an education adviser and writer, and parent to two rather wild-haired children.
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Emily Guille-Marrett

Emily Guille-Marrett

Emily Guille-Marrett worked as a children’s educational publisher before starting her own business. She now runs Reading Fairy – classes and events focussed on ensuring children love the magic of reading from birth. She has two sons Arlo and Albie.
Read more from Emily

Charlotte Raby

Charlotte Raby

Charlotte Raby worked as a primary school teacher, specialising in English and
SEND. She has since been
involved with developing literacy programmes and training teachers. She now lectures for
ITT, writes educational resources and is co-founder of Reading Fairy.
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We would welcome your feedback on this new series - do fill in this quick survey if you have a few minutes to spare. Thank you!