Phonics article

Phonics are used in schools today as a method of helping children learn to relate the sounds of spoken language to the letters of the alphabet and form words. This is essential to ensure good word recognition and later spelling. There are many Phonic programmes used in school including 'Letters and Sounds', 'Jolly Phonics' and 'Letterland'. It is always worth checking with your child's school as to which programme they use. We hope that you find the pages below helpful in strengthening your children's spelling and reading.

Wonder where to start ? Teaching: Phonics and words.

For additional phonics resources, including books and online activities, please see the Worksheet Finder.

Books for Phonics

General suggestions as to how to approach phonic work

Jolly phonics are widely used in schools to help children to start learning to read. 

How to teach phonics
Starting phonics
Analytic and synthetic phonics
Jolly phonics
Letters and sounds
Letters and sounds resources
Phonics letters and sounds
You can teach phonics
Phonic sounds charts
The phonics handbook
Phonic teaching at Key stage 1
Learning to read through phonics
Phonic sounds satpin for Reception
Diacritical marking

Nursery rhymes can help with early phonics

Initial worksheets to introduce phonics. These introduce papers of the starting sounds of a word and help pupils progress in stages from there.

Phonics of initial sounds for FS
Number writing & counting for FS
Animal sounds used to teach phonics
New phonics for FS
Letters and sounds for FS
Phonics can be fun
What can you hear
Match the pictures
Start of phonics

Phonic flashcards and how to use them

Flash cards should be used as a game with children such as 'Who can find a 'b?' Reinforce the sound by a picture of a ball etc. 
How to use phonic flash cards
Phonic flashcard sheet 1
Phonic flashcard sheet 2
Phonic flashcard sheet 3
Farmyard sounds topic
Phonics cards
Rose and the sheep-ee sound
Phonic sounds 2
Look at the pictures sound the word
Letter sounds to help with reading
Alphabet cards
Phonic picture cards a-e
Phonic picture cards f-j
Phonic picture cards k to o
Phonic picture cards p to t
Phonic picture cards u to z
Phonic picture cards a to z
Phonics sound and colouring sheet1
An example of phonic ideas for FS
Phonic actions for s,a,t,i,p and n
Phonic actions for ck,e,h,r,m,d
Phonic actions for g,o,u,l,f and b
Phonic actions for ai,j,oa,ie,ee,and or
Phonic actions for z,w,ng,v and oo
Phonic actions for qu etc
Phonic actions for y,x,ch,sh,th
Phonic sounds for all
Phonic word poster
Colour this picture
Phonic cards

Phonic worksheets for KS1

Here is a set of papers to work through with your child. Encourage the children to use the pictures and the starting letter of the word to help them consolidate their learning.


Vowel digraphs Year 1
Split vowel digraphs Year 1
Vowel pronunciations year 1
Words with ear eer and oor Year 1
Sounds like ay and igh Year 2
Spellng vowel sounds Year 2
ch and sh words for Year 2
z or s for Year 2
Phonic worksheet 1
Phonic worksheet 2
Phonic worksheet 3
Phonic worksheet 4
Phonic worksheet 5
Phonic worksheet 6
Phonic worksheet 7
Phonic worksheet 8
Phonic worksheet 9
Phonic worksheet 10
Phonic worksheet 11
Phonic worksheet 12
Phonic worksheet 13
Phonic worksheet 14
Phonics for beginners
All sorts of phonics
Us Book 1
Us Book 2
Us Book 3
Us Book 4
Sounds and pictures
Meg the hen-phonics
Mac the bat
The miss or the hit -i sound
Do you know your shapes 2?
Animal sounds 2
Double letter sounds
Vowel digraphs
Phonic sounds
Phonics ou and ow words
Phonic cards
The first phonic sounds
Phonics for the alphabet
Fun with phonics/alphabet
My phonic Hop Book
Phonics for 5 to 7 year olds
Phonic sounds ir er ur
Phonics for 6 to 8 year olds
Sound out the word
Phonics and writing for 5 to 7 year olds
Phonic blends
Phonic blends revised
Phonics on blends
A words
I sound words
O words
Phonic ideas for KS1
First letter sounds and others
Sound the words
Blends to help with reading
Phonics vowels before r
ie sound
Phonic sounds KS1
Short e phoneme
Letters, sounds and words
Phonic rules
ou and ow words-phonics
Listen to these sounds
Short and long sounds
Phonics for 4 and 5 year olds
Vowel sounds ee and ea
Phonics gr and tr

Phonic progression

Try the worksheet 'Phonics for all' and reinforce this work with the sh, ch, th and wh sounds. Remember phonics help with spelling.
Phonics for all
sh, ch, th, wh sounds for KS1
Try and find words
Preparation for school -Phonics
The sssss blend sound
Sounds to help with phonics
Phonics and spellings for KS1
Can you read these words?
Plurals and phonics
All about phonics
Phonics - spr,scr,str
Spelling -the 1-6 game
Pictures and quiz
Seaside 'S' words & colouring
Phonics-th,sh,ch and wh
Match up the sounds
Phonic sound ou ow and short u
oi and oy words- phonics
Sounds and phonics and words
Letter sounds for Year 1
Phonic questions
KS1 ideas for words and sounds
Phonics for Key Stage 1
Consonant sounds
Phonics for revision and learning
Magic e and double letters
Phonics and spelling 2
Reading and phonics
Can you circle the words starting with 'r'
Find the 'K' and the 'I'
The phonic bus
Phonics - spr,scr,str
Key stage 1 phonic revision sheet
Phonics again
Letter sounds to help with reading
Thinking about phonics
Words with final blend
Phonic sounds
Phonics for November

Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.

The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher.
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2015 phonics screening check: answer sheet
2015 phonics screening check: practice sheet
2015 phonics screening check: pupils' materials
2015 phonics screening check: scoring guidance
2014 phonics screening check: scoring guidance
2014 phonics screening check: pupils' materials
2014 phonics screening check: practice sheet
2014 phonics screening check: answer sheet
Phonics screening check 2013 real words
Phonics screening check 2013 answer sheet
Phonics screening check 2013 scoring guidance
Phonics screening check 2013 children’s materials

Phonics for KS2

Phonics for KS2 includes work on phonic blends, words containing:  able, dg, sn, st, and pw sounds. All these worksheets help pupils to approach spelling and new reading material with more confidence.  Phonics also enable pupils to include a greater variety of words including adverbs ad adjectives in their writing to make it more colourful and interesting.

Additional worksheets, e.g homophones, can be found on the spelling page.

Phonic workbook for 7 year olds
Phonic booklet for 7 & 8 year olds
Making sets for Year 3
Phonic Topic
Phonic blends
able words 2
dg words
Consonant digraphs
sn st pw sounds
Phonic teaching and testing sheet
Phonic sounds with words
Phonic blends and irregular words
Phonics for reading and understanding
Using your phonics to complete the passage
Mixed phonic paper KS2
Digraph sh xh th wh
The grapheme-ough
Ain words
ell words
Phonic sounds and words explained
Phonic suggestions for KS2
ar sounds-This is a star passage
oo words and more-phonics
Consonant blends
Phonic sounds and words explained
Phonics blends
Thinking phonics
Complete the words using phonics
Words which begin with k
Silent letters 2
Words with dge and tch
Phonic verse and song
Phoneme ine words
ir and ur words
Phonic sounds and crossword
Words with in
Phonic sounds ee or ea
ought aught phonics
Phonic games
Consonant blends with r KS2
Words with ip

Books and Games for Phonics

Fix-it Phonics Starter - Activity Book 1 by Lisa Holt

Learning English is fun with this resource from Letterland, which is designed for those learning English as a second language. These books are from the newly introduced Starter Level, which aims to immerse children in the language, just as would happen if they were learning the language at home. They concentrate on promoting speaking and listening skills and increasing phonological awareness. These all-important first steps are the building blocks for future language learning so it's important they are fully assimilated. And they will be if children work through these colourful books which are packed with a wide range of learning activities. The approach is multi-sensory, as children will draw, sing, chant, use stickers and do actions to make their meaning fun and memorable. The approach is really engaging, and children are encouraged to join in throughout the book. There are lots of well-sized stickers to add to the fun. "Fix-it Phonics is a structured course that uses the tried and tested Letterland system to teach phonics. The course has been especially designed for learning English as a second language. Levels consisting of Student Books, Workbooks, Audio CDs, Big Books and Software will help your child quickly master all the English letter shapes and sounds as well as reading, writing and communication skills." Find out more here -

Fix-it Phonics Starter - Activity Book 2 by Lisa Holt

Children will really respond well to the wide variety of activities included in these books. Singing is used throughout to embed learning and the words will be remembered as they go about their daily activities. Learning activities such as spot the differences and odd one out help with a range of other skills as well as phonics, notably concentration; and this will pay dividends in all areas of learning. There are lots of colouring pages too, which again reinforce learning. Of course, all the favourite Letterland friends are included, so as children progress onto other Letterland ranges, they will have the enjoyment of spotting old friends. Tips for parents on each page ensure the books are used to the maximum benefit and do not pre-suppose a knowledge of phonics. To support these two books, there are also Fix-it Phonics - Starter Level - Resource Pack, Fix-it Phonics - Starter Level - Teacher's Guide (with CDs). An excellent series which definitely fills a need.

Flip Flap Phonics by Lyn Wendon

This split pages gives children the opportunity to make lots of words. It has a spiral binding with thick shiny (and very durable) pages which are split into two sets of flip over pages. , allowing the children to flip the pages over and discover new words. As they flip the pages, the word (or nonsense word) appears at the top, together with the appropriate Letterland character for the letters; below is the word on its own. Dots under the letters indicate the sounds/units of sound. Flip Flap Phonics is designed to develop skills in blending sounds together to make words and to help children identify rhyming patterns in real and nonsense words. It can also be used as a valuable teaching aid and a focus point for blending sounds and reading words in small groups. The instructions at the beginning give various suggestions for making use of the book, and it will be valued both at home and in the classroom; most importantly, children will enjoy using it.

Phonics Activity Book 1 by Lisa Holt

This engaging series makes letter shapes and sounds fun for children, thereby helping their learning and understanding. Work through the six books in this series, and your child will have an exceptionally good grounding. Book 1 includes stickers, fun activities and actions, puzzles, colouring, handwriting practice, word building and reading. The letters and sounds are introduced in the popular teaching order 'satpin', in line with most UK schools, so you can be assured you are helping at home in line with what is being done in school. Also included is a link to a free pronunciation guide, so you can be sure that all the sounds you are making are correct - it is really important that you check this out rather than assuming you know how to say the sounds, as if you get it wrong, your poor child could be very confused!  This book covers: satp,in, md, gock, ck.

Phonics Activity Book 2 by Lisa Holt

Book 2 continues the work done in Book 1 and is also for 4+, covering eur, hbfl, jvwx and yzq. The varied activities are well presented with plenty of use of colour and, of course, the popular Letterland characters to help children. Attention is given to both letter sound and shape, with lots of opportunities to write the letters as well as to learn about the sounds. Scan the code in the book then touch each letter to listen to the correct sound - making the sounds correctly you will enable your child to blend the sounds together and build words, or segment the sounds to read words. This is part of a series of six activity books covering the alphabet and 40 further spelling patterns; best used as a series to ensure a thorough grounding. Contents of this book: eur, hbf l, jvwx, yzq. After looking at each group of sounds, the Phonic Word Builder shows how sounds are blended to form words.

Phonics Activity Book 3 by Lisa Holt

Book 3 contains: ng, sh, ch, th, wh, ph, a_e, ay, ai and the recommended age is 5+ (but please be guided by your child and make sure they really know the letters and sounds from the preceding books). Letterland stories give child-friendly reasons why, when certain letters come together, they make a completely new sound. This really brings phonics to life making learning so much more memorable! Book 3 includes carefully sequenced word building and reading activities, reward stickers, fun activities and puzzles. There are colourful stickers to engage children in the activities and ideas to extend learning. The attractive layout is clear and simple and makes learning fun and effective - just a few minutes a day will really pay dividends.

Phonics Activity Book 4 by Lisa Holt

Book 4 contains: e_e, ee, ea, y, i_e ie, igh, y, o_e, oa, ow. By working systematically through the book, and using the practical advice at the beginning, children will understand and be able to apply their own learning - make sure you stop on the way through to ask your child if they have really understood. Book 4 (for age 5+) includes carefully sequenced word building and reading activities, reward stickers, fun activities and puzzles. There are stickers to engage children in the activities and ideas to extend learning. It all adds up to a really attractive package.

Phonics Activity Book 5 by Lisa Holt

Book 5 contains: u_e, ue, ew, oo, wr, ar, or, er, ir, ur and again is suited to age 5+. The activities are varied - there are scenes to label, stickers to put in the correct places, sounds to underline and much more - all this is fun for children but also covers important learning. review questions check understanding. The look of the series is excellent, with good use of colour and a clear easy-to-read font as well as plenty of pictures. The activities are engaging and pitched at just the right level to guarantee children's interest. Phonics are the key to reading, so make sure your child has the best possible foundation; by making learning fun, you are establishing good lifelong habits.

Phonics Activity Book 6 by Lisa Holt

Book 6 contains: u oo, oy oi, aw au, ow ou. There are plenty of characters to enjoy in the book - the Boot Twin and the Foot Twin and a boy called Roy join the rest of the Letterland crew. Letterland stories give child-friendly reasons why, when certain letters come together, they make a completely new sound. This really brings phonics to life making learning so much more memorable! Book 6 includes carefully sequenced word building and reading activities, reward stickers for an added incentive as well as stickers to complete the activities, fun activities and puzzles.This is a superb series, full of variety and with a strong focus on what children really need to know. Phonics can be a tricky topic for parents, so rely on the experts to help you and your child and enjoy these excellent books.

LEGO DC Super Heroes: Phonics by Quinlan B. Lee

Children will love learning to read with this colourful and inviting pack, based on LEGO DC Super Heroes. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and all the other characters in the LEGO DC Universe are here to encourage children's reading. This set includes ten books and two workbooks; each book focuses on one of the short and long vowels. The books are stored in a sturdy box with a plastic carry handle. The characters are true to the originals while the stories have been carefully written to help the learning process; the words with the sound are listed on the back cover of the books. There is plenty of action in the stories to keep children engaged, and to make learning phonics a really enjoyable experience. Reading skills are reinforced in the two workbooks which provide plenty of puzzles for children to enjoy. A good collection to help and encourage children.
 Sound Phonics Rhymes for Reading

Sound Phonics Rhymes for Reading by Carol Matchett

Ideal for use in school, this is a useful collection which saves busy teachers trawling through books and websites to find suitable resources. It includes 60 photocopiable, phonically decodable rhymes suitable for children through the EYFS and KS1, making it a resource with many years use. The poems are divided into those suitable for Phases 2, 3 and 4; they will also be useful outside phonics lessons. There are extensive teaching notes which include advice on using the rhymes in shared and guided reading; suggestions for practical follow-up activities; ideas for making links to writing; phonic knowledge charts to summarise the graphemes and tricky words in each rhyme and discussion charts to encourage reflection and develop understanding; the charts link to phonic knowledge and tricky words giving an excellent guide for curriculum planning. A good value resource.

Sound Phonics Teacher's Guide: Early Years/Key Stage 1 by Carol Matchett

Make the best use of all the Sound Phonics materials with this Teacher's Guide. There are detailed teaching notes for each phase with practical activities for each learning point. The activities are interactive and multi-sensory - supporting materials are provided in the accompanying Teacher's Resource Book. This book gives guidance on introducing key skills and knowledge; ways to practise and apply phonic skills; integrated revision of points covered earlier; assessment activities and resources and glossaries of phonics terminology.

Sound Phonics Teacher's Resource Book by Carol Matchett

An extensive range of photocopiable resources including word cards, games, picture cards and display material. Set out in three sections - General resources that can be used in different ways across the Phases; Activity book resources aligned to specific sound; Assessment resources that accompany the assessment tasks in each sound. Useful further resources are available from the free downloads section of the Schofield & Sims website - these materials are updated as necessary to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Taken with the Teacher's Guide (above) this is a really comprehensive resource which takes teaching through from Sound Phonics Phase 1 to Phase 6 and links perfectly with the books. Clear, well explained and comprehensive.

Oxford Reading Tree: Traditional Tales Story Games Flashcards by Teresa Heapy

Oxford Reading Tree is a versatile resource which helps learning to read with a variety of approaches. These story games encourage children to read key phrases and match them to the character; to retell stories thus developing vocabulary. There are six well-known traditional tales with two characters from each tale pictured; 12 matching phonic phrase cards; 15 story scenes that children can put into order; 13 storytelling cards. Five possible games are explained but, with a little imagination, there could be many more ideas. A useful and versatile pack, for use in school or at home to support ORT learning.

Phonic Limericks with Zoe Zebra and Friends: Humorous Limericks for Teaching Phonics by Matt Glover

Here is a book which really makes phonics fun to teach. Children love limericks - they are catchy and easy to remember so they make a great way to teach phonics. The book contains 26 humorous limericks, one for each of the initial consonants and short vowel sounds, each with an alliterative character. The letter or sound is also repeated through the limerick to reinforce learning and aid recognition. Using the letters and sounds in context helps develop a love of reading right from early on and this is, of course, exactly what we want to do.  Designed for classroom use, the book includes reproducible worksheets with sorting activities to reinforce phonic knowledge and handwriting activities to promote correct letter formation. There is also a CD-Rom containing all the content of the book. The printed limericks would make a superb classroom display. Excellent and ideal to bring variety to phonic teaching.

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 4: Traditional Tales Phonics The Man, The Boy and The Donkey and Other Stories by Nikki Gamble

A carefully thought out selection of stories that children can read for themselves and enjoy. The stories are: Three Rocks based on the story Stone Soup; Hans in Luck which is a German folk tale; Tom, Dad and Colin which is based on Aesop's fable The Man, the Boy and the Donkey; and The Foolish Fox which is based on the tale The Lazy Fox. It's a varied collection which will interest children and I found the illustrations particularly striking - always a good way to encourage interest. At the back, a series of pictures is provided to be used as story prompts.

Phonics Games Flashcards: Practise Your Phonics With Julia Donaldson's Songbirds

"Songbirds Phonics have been carefully created by Julia to support children who are learning to read and are used in schools to teach phonics and inspire a love of reading." This pack helps children practise their letters and sounds at home. There are four games, each with two levels, which build an awareness of rhyme and encourage spelling practise and sentence formation. There are 16 picture cards, and the rest are letter cards. The games include 'get up and go' versions for children who find it hard to sit still for reading practice.

Alphabet Games Flashcards: Practise Your Phonics With Julia Donaldson's Songbirds

This Alphabet Games flashcard pack contains 55 cards, carefully chosen to help children practise their letters and sounds at home. Play with these cards to learn the letter sounds of the alphabet and practise reading simple words, all whilst having fun! Games include two levels to help children build confidence and they also include 'get up and go' versions for children who find it hard to sit still for reading practice! An excellent way for parents to support work done in school using Oxford Reading Tree.

Letterland - My First Dictionary compiled by Lisa Holt

This is equally good whether used to support Letterland teaching or simply as a first dictionary. The A to Z pages feature a selection of words beginning with the letter - of course, each letter is the familiar Letterland character. Each word is illustrated and explained with a simple definition as well as a sentence to show how it can be used. The alphabet runs down the side of each page with the letter highlighted thus giving children a 'picture' of how it fits in. Many pages feature a very short story. In addition, there are pages for co lours, numbers, shapes, days, months, and words we use a lot.  Bright and colourful, this is an enticing book for children and an excellent way to learn about the usefulness of a dictionary.

Oxford Reading Tree: Traditional Tales Phonics The Gingerbread Man and Other Stories (Practise Your Phonics Stage 1+) by Gill Mun ton

These well-loved traditional stories have been carefully retold using phonics and familiar language so that children can read them for themselves. Includes: Run, Run!; The Big Carrot; Lots of Nuts and Get the Rat! Three tales based on old favourites and one new one in the traditional style. The stories are simple - just one sentence to each page. The really valuable element for parents lies in the Tips for Reading which precede every story and the discussion ideas after each story.The Traditional Tales series offers: clear phonic progression with practice; a range of tales from around the world; stories and illustrations to capture the imagination and inspire a love of reading. Support for parents including tips, is included.

Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Phoneme Flashcards

The set follows the Government's Letters and Sounds guidelines, ensuring that work done at school is supported. work done. The pack features all the key phonemes in the order that children learn the sounds in Reception and Year 1. There's one card phoneme, and the reverse of the card features a bright picture of an object using the phoneme, plus the word; underneath are sound buttons which show how many different sounds make up that word, and will help your child to blend them together. The most common graphemes are also included in the pack, so that some sounds are taught more than once in different guises. It's a colourful pack which can be used in many different ways to support learning

Ladybird I'’m Ready for Phonics: Say the Sounds

This is a big book with plenty of child appeal, perfect for those first steps in phonics. It starts with useful tips on using the book, which is a boon to parents who may be unfamiliar with teaching phonics. It focuses on the initial letter sounds at the beginning of simple words, and each letter has a two page spread. Upper and lower case letters are shown, together with lots of pictures beginning with the letter, plus alliterative sentences. There is also an activity for each page. Colourful and appealing, it offers plenty of scope for learning and sharing.

Oxford Reading Tree Phonics Activity Book (Levels 1-2) (Read With Biff Chip & Kipper) by Roderick Hunt

This Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper Phonics Activity Book contains lots of colourful activities and stickers to help your child practise their letters and sounds just as they do at school. All children love stickers so it's a great way to encourage and reinforce the work done at school. At Level 1-2 this book practises early phonics skills such as the alphabet and single letter sounds such as s a t p etc. It also includes tips for parents and support on the page for every activity. This series of activity books has been carefully levelled to support your child step-by-step as he/she progresses with their phonic knowledge and as they build their confidence as a reader and so parents can support their child knowing they are working in harmony with school learning.

Oxford Reading Tree Read With Biff, Chip, and Kipper: Reading Skills Activity Book (Level 1-2) (Read With Biff Chip & Kipper) Roderick Hunt

Plenty of colourful activities and stickers help your child practise common words and early literacy skills in line with school. At Level 1-2 this book provides practice in the basic reading skills of matching, writing, sequencing stories by putting events in the right order, dot-to-dot for alphabetical order, word searches, predicting what will happen next, and so on. It also includes valuable tips for parents to help them understand what their child is learning. Like the companion Phonics Activity Books, the series is carefully graded to support reading progression.

Snail Brings the Mail (Phonic Readers) (Phonics Readers) by Russell Punter

This is a humorous tale which children will thoroughly enjoy whilst increasing their phonemic awareness. It can be aloud or by children just starting to read by themselves. until works hard, but he's very slow and everyone's letters are late - until he finds the perfect answer. The repetitive text increases the awareness of sounds and the rhythm makes the story flow. The guidance notes at the end of the book give parents practical advice and reassure them that they are doing the right things to develop their child's reading skills.

Sound Phonics Phase One (Book 1 of 10): Early Years Carol Matchett

Sound Phonics prepares children for full fluency in reading, writing and spelling through intensive practice in phonics, and is fully compatible with any incremental phonics programme. The carefully graded activities teach early literacy skills through listening and speaking, and support a multi-sensory approach. This book focuses on developing the child's awareness of environmental sounds, recognising the separate sounds in words (through rhymes/songs/games), sound discrimination, rhythm/rhyme/alliteration, oral blending and segmenting. It introduces the sounds of words rather than individual letters, which is correct at this stage. Many of the activities are based on familiar rhymes, so children will respond well. The value of this carefully graded series of books is that it shows parents the progression of learning phonics - something that is hard for many parents to understand.

Sound Phonics Phase Two (Book 2 of 10): Early Years/Key Stage 1 Carol Matchett

Ideal for supporting phonics in Reception, this book covers: practising letter Sets 1 to 5; recognising letter shapes (supported by pictures and finger tracing); encouraging the use of 'sound talk' when segmenting words for spelling; separating words using 'sound buttons' before blending for reading and practising 'tricky' words.  It covers the beginning of the Letters and Sounds programme used in schools and thereby gives children an excellent head start. 


Sound Phonics Phase Three Book 1 (Book 3 of 10): Early Years/Key Stage 1 Carol Matchett

This covers: revising letter Sets 1 to 5 and practising letter Sets 6 and 7; developing letter formation by tracing over enlarged letters; saying and then blending sounds to support reading; segmenting words to support spelling and using rhymes to practise letter names - children will enjoy the many familiar rhymes the book uses. Sound Phonics Phase Three Book 2 (Book 4 of 10): Early Years/Key Stage 1 covers revising letter Sets 4 to 7 plus four consonant digraphs; practising 14 vowel digraphs developing letter formation by tracing over enlarged letters; saying and then blending sounds to support reading segmenting words to support spelling. 

Sound Phonics Phase Four (Book 5 of 10): Early Years/Key Stage 1 Carol Matchett

Continue your child's phonic learning with a range of engaging activities encompassing consolidating knowledge of the 42 phonemes; saying and blending sounds in a word using 'sound buttons' to support reading; using phoneme frames to support segmenting for spelling and counting phonemes to boost confidence in spelling and forming letter shapes independently. Each activity takes just a short time and enables parents and teachers to ensure the child has a firm grasp of each concept before moving on to the next - there is a range of activities for each concept.

Sound Phonics Phase Five Book 1 (Book 6 of 10): KS1, Years 3 - 6 Carol Matchett

Children in Phase 5 are learning to revise Phase Three graphemes; practise 19 new graphemes for reading (including some split digraphs); 'to sound out' words without 'sound buttons' and to practise spelling through counting phonemes, recognising spelling patterns or applying spelling rules. A range of activities, short and focused, many focusing on a specific grapheme, ensures there is an opportunity to consolidate learning. The books are excellent value and the progression makes it easy to link in with school work.

Sound Phonics Phase Five Book 2 (Book 7 of 10): KS1, Years 3 - 6 Carol Matchett

As children mature, their grasp of phonics grows, helped by the solid foundation given by the earlier books in this excellent and easy to use series. Here they learn alternative pronunciations of 14 known graphemes; reading longer texts 'sounding out' words without 'sound buttons'; practising spelling through counting phonemes and recognising spelling patterns or applying spelling rules. Sound Phonics Phase Five Book 3 (Book 8 of 10): KS1, Years 3 - 6 covers alternative spellings of 23 sounds; learning spelling patterns; 'sounding out' words without 'sound buttons' and practising spelling through counting phonemes, recognising spelling patterns or applying spelling rules.

Sound Phonics Phase Six Book 1 (Book 9 of 10): KS1, Years 3 - 6 Carol Matchett

Now the focus turns to spelling choices (particularly with long vowel sounds); common word endings and how these affect the base word using prefixes and suffixes and encouraging independent reading and writing through short stories/poems..By the time your child reaches Sound Phonics Phase Six Book 2 (Book 10 of 10): KS1, Years 3 - 6, if you have followed the progression in this series, s/he will have an excellent grasp of phonics which will prove invaluable. The final book in the series covers; revising word endings covered earlier and practising five further word endings; using prefixes and suffixes; revising long and short vowel sounds; learning themed topic words that help increase written vocabulary and encouraging independent reading and writing through short stories/poems. 

Fun With Words Flashcards (Read With Biff, Chop and Kipper) from OUP

This set of word cards introduces 23 common words in word cards and it also includes 6 picture word cards. The cards can be used as prompts for learning to read and for children to learn to form simple sentences. The fun aspect comes in when you use the cards with your child to play the recommended games - snap and lotto, which help children to develop memory and concentration skills, recognise common words by sight and build sentences. Add to the value of the cards by making your own for personal words.

Floppy and the Bone and Other Stories (Level 3) (Read With Biff Chip & Kipper) by Roderick Hunt

4 books in 1 - a great value collection! The first thing that struck me was the high quality production of this book - if we are to encourage young learners to enjoy reading, then the books need to be appealing and this certainly is! The book is printed with glossy ink on shiny paper and has lovely illustrations. It includes the stories Floppy and the Bone, Poor Old Rabbit, Shops and Such a Fuss. Level 3 First Stories have been specially written to introduce and practise a range of key everyday words and to develop early reading skills through simple stories. Each story includes discussion prompts and a picture puzzle for children to enjoy. The stories are lively and enjoyable and children love to recognise the familiar characters.


Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary (Oxford Reading Tree) 

The perfect companion to the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, as well as being an excellent early dictionary for all youngsters. It gives the sounds and alternative spellings that children will need to learn to become competent readers and spellers. The words are ordered by initial sound with subsections to show how the same sounds appear in the middle or at the end of a word. The long vowel sounds and their alternative spellings appear in a separate section within the dictionary. This unique format makes it easy to explain how sounds are used in words and is excellent to use  to prepare for the phonics screening check. It's colourful and attractive too - an excellent dictionary.

There is additional phonics support material and audio on the Oxford Owl website, . For more free downloadable word games, puzzles, and activities go online to .


My Phonics Kit - Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper from OUP

Phonics can be a confusing area for parents, but one in which many are keen to help their child progress. This resource is an excellent way to build on the work done in school, knowing that it carries on the teaching in a way familiar to children. Oxford Reading Tree is used in 80% of primary schools, so the chances are high that your child will be familiar with the colourful characters of the series.With the advent of the new Government scheme for carrying out a phonics screening check at six, parents are even more keen to help. This pack represents excellent value - it includes three phonics workbooks (which include tips on doing the activities); eBooks and activities on a CD-ROM (this includes all the sounds - a very important and extremely useful feature); a reward chart and information for parents.

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