About Us

The Story so far...

The idea for Backpack Phonics began in 2016. A desire to allow our Year 1 children to consolidate their classroom-based phonics learning through fun, active activities led to devising some PE based phonics games. Immediately, we noticed how much the children enjoyed the games and how they were practising and consolidating their phonic knowledge whilst also developing their PE skills. It became apparent that the children who found the classroom-based approach to phonics more challenging, thrived in these sessions. In fact, all the children were blossoming through the use of the physical phonics games and our pass rate for the phonics screening test was exceptional.

As a result, more games were created until there was a comprehensive set that would cover all aspects of Phonics. It has been a steady process, trialled firstly on our own students and then through trials with other schools. These schools have found similar results and we have received excellent feedback from both teachers and the children. We began selling the product to schools in September 2019 and have welcomed several nurseries and schools into our Backpack Phonics family. We work closely with our schools to ensure that they can use the product to it’s maximum potential according to their specific setting.

We are available to run courses and staff meetings with individual schools or to multiple schools Trust training days as well as sessions with University students studying teaching and other related degrees.

In January 2020 we were excited to become associated with the company ‘The Teach Hub’ who provide a wide range of fun and engaging primary resources. ‘The Teach Hub’ is run by the Hubbard family who are primary consultants and practising teachers. Visit their website theteachhub.co.uk where you can receive 10% off your first order of £6 or more with the code BACKPACK.

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“I loved it because it helped me practise aiming and reading new words all at the same time.””
Lily aged 8 (talking about the Phase 5B game Mud!).
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