Five Minute Box

by | Apr 14, 2023

Five Minute Box - Dyscalculia and Dyslexia intervention
Five Minute Box - The Ten Minute Box

What is Five Minute Box?

Five Minute Box intervention programmes have been opened by children of all ages since 2003. The activities and materials have been updated along the way, with best practice dyslexia teaching at the heart of all our products.

When Jane Kendall (BA, Dip RSA SpLD) founded Five Minute Box she realised the effects that early failure has on self-esteem and the impact that anxiety has on working relationships in families and peer groups. Jane worked as a Primary School class teacher, Inclusion manager and trainer of Teaching Assistants in the UK. With her training and experience in Specific Learning Difficulties, she observed that many children in each class were struggling with English and Maths early in their education. She found that using structured multisensory programmes of specific games for just a few minutes each day helped children overcome their difficulties while learning strategies to help themselves. Five Minute Boxes are now used by children all over the world.

In early 2022 the Ten Minute Box was launched. Adapting the same expert teaching methods used in the Five Minute Literacy Box, this next stage resource supports children through the complex stage of learning digraphs.

Early use of Five Minute Box interventions helps identify children with potential specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. The activities adapt to each child’s differences. Children love taking ownership over their learning using the Boxes. They learn organisational and sequencing skills and help to choose their session goals. Children experience success, which motivates them further. Teaching professionals love the effectiveness of the programmes with little time investment, showing impact on learners’ skills, confidence, and self-help strategies which generalise across the curriculum.


Five Minute Box interventions involve a one-off cost implication with no ongoing subscriptions. Replacements for lost or damaged component parts can be ordered free or with a minimal charge. Discounts are available on resources when purchased along with training packages.


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Five Minute Box - Dyscalculia and Dyslexia intervention

The Five Minute Literacy Box is the targeted multi-sensory phonics programme which enables early identification of potential specific learning difficulties. The intervention scheme provides secure basic skills for reading, spelling, and writing using synthetic phonics. It is adaptable to individual learners, therefore is suitable for any child not accessing classroom learning and sits alongside any whole school phonics scheme. Self-esteem is maintained as learners work at their own pace, fostering a more positive attitude. Everything you need is in the box, including a structured programme of activities with accompanying resources so minimal preparation is required.


Five Minute Box - The Ten Minute Box

• A targeted multisensory phonics intervention to teach digraphs.
• The best-practice teaching principles follow on from the popular Five Minute Literacy Box so the learners can master the next stage of phonics.
• The Ten Minute Box teaches 50 blends and digraphs, and irregular words, through fun multisensory phonics games.
• Works alongside any phonics scheme in use within schools to support learners in individual sessions.
• Everything is in the Box so staff do not waste time preparing or planning.
• Detailed background, lesson plan and assessments are all in the Instruction Manual.
• Activities and all the required resources are included in every Ten Minute Box.
• Progress is easy to track using the included initial and summative assessments, and record sheets.
• Lessons are short and focused (approximately 10 minutes).
• Learning can happen at an individual’s own pace, therefore all students can feel a sense of progress.
• Teaching approaches are founded on both research and teaching experience and can be taught by non-specialist teachers using the ‘Hear it, See it, Say it, Write it, Read it’ strategies.


The Number Box is a flexible, multi sensory teaching programme and maths resource. It was designed for those children who struggle with maths for one of several reasons.
• Dyslexic children find sequential skills, organisation and spatial operations in maths more challenging, and require resources and patient teaching.
• Children who have receptive and expressive language difficulties may take longer to understand and use the complex maths vocabulary.
• Dyscalculic children have great difficulty understanding the concept of number and benefit from physical resources to support learning.
• Using multi-sensory teaching methods, The Number Box comes complete with materials, record of achievement recording booklets, and illustrated instruction guide.
• Teaching assistants or parents use with individual children to establish basic concepts of numeracy, or to support groups of children who are not yet working with abstract concepts.
• It works in small steps from early recognition of numbers through to using tens and units, and includes resources for teaching concepts of time, measurement, money and shape.
• Based on principles laid out in The National Numeracy Strategy it can be used from school entry onwards.


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Verified Testimonials

“We have been using the Ten Minute Box for 3 months in years 3 and 4 with children who were identified as needing further support with phonics. It has already had a positive impact for these children and we plan to use the box with year 2 pupils too. The children have made notable improvements in their confidence with reading and willingness to ‘have a go’ in class. The experienced TA working with them enjoys sessions with the Ten Minute Box and so do the children. It does take just ten minutes, the planning is clear and there is no preparation needed. The activities are easy to use and flexible to adapt to children’s needs. For pupils that need support in addition to high quality teaching in whole class and group contexts, the Ten Minute Box fills the gap for individualised support for those who need it most. Having regular, targeted one-to-one support with the Ten Minute Box has made a big difference to these children.”

Iain Tolmie

Assistant Head/ Inclusion Lead, Shelf Primary School

“We have used The Number Box for a number of years; it is a great resource to support children with Maths and also supports teachers to recommend next steps with the areas where children are having difficulties.”

Joanne Kennedy

SEND Specialist Support Services Associate Teacher Together for Children, Sunderland

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