Created by Emmy Siobhan in 2013, Play Phonics delivers fun-packed weekly drama workshops to support and enhance classroom work and help to bring phonics to life.
Emmy is an actor and drama workshop leader. As well as performing on the West End, Emmy has spent much time over the past six years leading curriculum based drama workshops in primary schools around the capital.
However, it was her time spent as an Early Years, Foundation and Key Stage One teaching assistant that massively inspired Play Phonics.
"It was absolutely fantastic! They were hanging off your every word"
- Neil Moorcroft, Herbert Morrison Primary School
"As a T.A I often supported pupils during their phonics lessons, while I absolutely champion the way that phonics is taught in schools, I could also see how some children struggled to grasp aspects of phonics and then gradually lost confidence in their ability to read and write.
As someone who struggled with this kind of learning in school, I started to think of a new approach that could reach less academically minded children.
I am aware that children learn in different ways, and for some simply getting out of the classroom setting and trying a more kinesthetic, imaginative style of learning could really change their future."
- Emmy Siobhan, founder of Play Phonics