Teaching Reading With Onilo

Get Your Children Reading

  • Onilo is an excellent tool for teaching reading in schools, in conjunction with a structured synthetic phonics programme. 
  • Why not introduce Onilo as part of your everyday guided reading session?
  • Every Boardstory comes with a toolkit of teacher resources to help integrate this new approach to reading into your everyday teaching practice. 
  • The ideas on this page give you an idea of how to incorporate Onilo into you teaching of reading. 

Phonics Games

I Know Something You Don't Know

  • The teaching of reading using a synthetic phonics programme must go hand in hand with nurturing a love of reading and books in children.
  • Sharing a Boardstory with pupils is a great way to get them excited about reading!
  • Take a look at the following phonics games which can be used in conjunction with our Boardstories in order to develop phonological awareness. 

High Frequency Word Hunter! (Phase 2 - 5)

  • Give each child a card with a high frequency word on. To increase the competitive element you could give out more than one of each card so that pupils must race to be the first to spot the word and stand up.
  • Read the Boardstory as a class. When a child spots the high frequency word they have on their card they must stand up as quickly as they can, holding their card in the air. 
  • To differentiate, choose which card to give to which pupil according to which phase they are working at. Provide more able readers with more than one word to spot.  

Sound Spotter (Phase 2-5)

  • This is very similar to the High Frequency Word Hunter, except with sounds instead of words! Give each child a card with a specific sound on. To increase the competitive element you could give out more than one of each card so that pupils must race to be the first to spot the sound and stand up.
  • Read the Boardstory as a class. When a child spots the sound they have on their card they must stand up as quickly as they can, holding their card in the air. 
  • To make this suitable for pupils working at phase 5, give each child a sound (e.g. oa). They must then spot all of the words with this sound in, even if they use alternative spellings (e.g. ow, oe, o, o.e, ough)

The Onilo Boardstory Player

Boardstory - Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson

  • Onilo Boardstories can be played automatically or manually, with each text segment displayed for at least six seconds. Boardstories can be stopped at any time using the "Pause" button, and resumed by clicking on "Play".
  • You can navigate through the Board Stories yourself by clicking on "Next" or "Back." To do so, uncheck "Autoplay" (by clicking on the box).
  • You can interact with the Boardstories directly on the interactive whiteboard, or by using your computer mouse.
  • You can download the Boardstory Player Instruction Manual here.

Reading with Expression

  •  Read a Boardstory together with no sound. Stop when you reach a part of the text with speech marks. Ask pupils what these mean; what cues do they give the reader? How do they affect the way we read the story? 
  • Practice reading the speech together. Ask pupils to imagine how the character might say this.
  • If the Boardstory is narrated, turn the sound back on and listen to how the narrator reads the speech. Did pupils choose to read it similarly or differently? 

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