Herts for Learning (HfL) is proud to announce that two of its resources picked up awards at the 2019 Nursery World Equipment and Resources Awards. Supersonic Phonics was awarded a silver award and Essential foundations for counting, achieved a bronze award in the ‘Staff resources’ category. The staff resources category is for ‘early years equipment and resources that help practitioners and managers to improve their practice and provision’.
Supersonic Phonics is a resource packed full of lively, engaging and active phonic activities to help develop early literacy skills in young children. The Supersonic Phonic ‘easy-to-use’ activity cards promote a range of activities to enable practitioners to structure active phonic sessions. The cards are based on elements of the ‘letters and sounds’ phased developmental approach to teaching phonics.
Essential foundations for counting is a set of booklets created by HfL’s primary maths and EYFS experts to support the development of children’s foundations for counting. Each booklet focuses on a key skill: pattern, classification, comparison, group recognition or subitising.
On winning the silver award, Lucky Khera, Lead Adviser for Early Years at Herts for Learning said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that our Supersonic phonics resource has been recognised as a high-quality resource for practitioners. At HfL we’re passionate about the delivery of phonics teaching to be fun and engaging for all learners. The easy to use Supersonic cards do exactly this, with lively and highly interactive activities that can supplement any existing phonics schemes that a school may use and motivate children to succeed..”
Deborah Mulroney, Teaching and Learning Adviser for Mathematics at Herts for Learning said of the bronze award:
“We are delighted that our Essential foundations for counting resource has been recognised in this way. The resource offers professional development for practitioners in early mathematical skills, identifying what comes before counting. It helps practitioners really embed these skills into all areas of provision and provides practical ideas and suggestions to support children’s progress and adult interactions that will intervene effectively to improve the learning. Our practitioners have reported back that the resource made a massive difference to their practice but everything was familiar and easy to use.”
The awards ceremony took place on Saturday 28th September at The Brewery, London.