We have taken on board teacher feedback to make key improvements to Bug Club Phonics. Learners and teachers are at the heart of everything we do at Pearson, and we are committed to helping and supporting schools.
Please check out our roadmap below to find out everything you need to know about our plans for Bug Club Phonics!
Last updated 5 December 2023
Improved functionality for all teaching screens includes:
You will be able to see lessons screens and games now scale better on different devices, so you get a great experience whether you are viewing on a computer or a whiteboard.
Better experience for young learners
We have improved accessibility for the whole class, including:
Addition of a writing Tool
Teachers let us know it would be useful to have a writing tool in the lesson screens, so we’ve added this tool into the lesson menu.
We’re updating our lesson videos with new content! Older videos will be replaced with new, engaging pupil videos, starting in September. Phase 2 and the first part of Phase 5 are now live, with the remaining videos being updated through October.
We’ve created flexible weekly and termly plans to help save on teacher planning time. These documents are editable, so you can easily adapt them to suit the needs of your class.
We’ve also provided guidance on running a successful reading session using Bug Club Phonics readers.
These documents can be found now in the Planning Area.
We’ve added more detailed guidance for catch-up work when your children need extra support.
We’ve also added detail to the Assessment Trackers, to make it easier to track children’s progress and identify when children need extra support.
These documents can be found now in the Planning Area under ‘Catch-Up’ and ‘Assessment Trackers’.
We’ve updated our grapheme charts and sounds mats in line with customer feedback!
These videos match our sound mats and other resources. They contain an action for each GPC based on Bug Club Phonics imagery and are a great way to help children remember new learning.
We’ve filmed our new actions videos with the help of one our fantastic Bug Club Phonics schools. The videos star two incredible ECTs, who have helped create and trial these actions with their own classes!
We’ve included the videos in two formats – individual, short videos for each GPC, and a longer video containing all the GPCs in a Phase.
Phase 2, 3 and 5 videos are now live, with the final Phase 5 videos to come in the following weeks.
We’ve also included a document listing the GPC, the image and the action as a handy reference for teachers, TAs or even parents.
Videos are searchable in the resources area and appear as linked resource in the lesson plans.
Updates are being published to the online content to ensure clearer alignment with our existing Bug Club Phonics progression and rationale.
Publishing has already started and will continue throughout May.
You will also see improved functionality of the assessment games so that they scale better on different devices.
7 Live-action videos showing a Bug Club Phonics lesson are now available within your ActiveLearn Primary subscription.
6 units of PD materials have also been added to your subscription. This includes PowerPoints, facilitator notes and handouts to enable you to deliver your own in-school PD sessions. There are 6 units available now, with 3 more ready for Spring term 2024.
The units are:
For schools using Little Wandle as their SSP but who would like to expand their available selection of decodable readers, we have created matched packs of our 180 decodable Bug Club Phonics readers to Little Wandle phases.
Teachers let us know it was difficult to find what they needed when using these magnetic boards. We’ve improved the design so you can quickly select exactly the Phase and Unit(s) you want to choose from.
Updated versions of the Magnetic Boards are now live in the Planning Area.