Involving parents in teaching phonics at reception and Year 1 The second video from Hill Mead features a Year 2 class and Teacher Christina Huszar who, like Ashley Malekmian, was recently judged ?Outstanding? by the School Improvement Partner for her delivery of literacy. Here we see her teach phonics using their own scheme with an emphasis on how phonics knowledge is applied creatively to support reading with understanding as well as writing. Christina explains how the activities allow for differentiation and describes the advantages of working in mixed ability groups. Deputy Head Becky Lawrence suggests that many children don?t make sense of what they are reading despite being good decoders. She explains their approach at Hill Mead that integrates phonics teaching with work on comprehension that develops a love of books.