Check that your school’s phonics programme is fail-safe:
How well does it fit The Prototype for Teaching the English Alphabetic Code?
Ofsted School Inspection Handbook:
”The school leadership team:
– Ensures that there is one systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme taught with fidelity, consistency and continuity from Reception to Y2
– Avoids mixing SSP programmes
– Ensures that the SSP programme sets out daily expectations for teaching NC word reading, handwriting and spelling
– Is confident that teaching the SSP programme will ensure success for all pupils”
”Schools should be using a structured phonics programme that has decodable reading books in a sequence that carefully matches the letter–sound correspondences that children have learned” (Ofsted’s 2020 annual report)
NEW. DfE’s 16 Essential Core Criteria for validated KS1 SSP programmes:
2021. The DfE have withdrawn their Letters and Sounds 2007 programme.
Advice for schools presently using L&S 2007:
High quality phonics programmes and training:
Sounds~Write (S-W) http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/
This scripted linguistic phonics programme for YR/KS1 includes all the common spelling code and teaches decoding and spelling in tandem from the start. It can also be used as an intervention for all ages.
As this is an instruction-led approach, the teaching manual and photocopiable materials are only available with face-to-face or online training.
The online training is open to all including parents/carers/homeschoolers as well as teachers – send for the free virtual showcase:
– An online Vocabulary and Spelling course (with manual) for whole-class teaching throughout KS2 (years 3-6) This course builds on KS1 linguistic phonics. It includes morphology, etymology and multi-syllable word building and is open to teachers who have completed S-W’s KS1 course and have taught it for at least a year.
Sounds-Write’s programme summary 2021-2:
– FREE online ‘Help your child to read and write’ Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7) practical course for parents/carers/homeschoolers: teach your rising 4-6 yr. old child how to read and spell.
– FREE online ‘Help your child to read and write’ Part 2 (Initial Code Units 8-11)
Sounds-Write’s app for iPad. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id769196201?mt=8&affId=1736887
Linguistic Phonics Initial / Basic Code app. 1st three units are free. ”This app offers a variety of activities to develop the skills of blending and segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading and writing and some sentences reading and writing”. N.B. Parental/carer/tutor supervision is recommended when using the app.
Phonics International (PI) https://syntheticphonics.com/one-page-express/
Debbie Hepplewhite’s free, online (print out to use) synthetic phonics programme.
Consists of a comprehensive range of resources including plain-text decodable stories.
– Debbie Hepplewhite’s free English Alphabet Code chart, designed for student teachers.
– Spanish Alphabet Code chart -useful to compare with the English Alphabet Code chart above.
– Online synthetic phonics training (£) https://phonicstrainingonline.com/
Read Write Inc (RWI) Pub. OUP http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/transformingprogrammes/
Ruth Miskin’s scripted synthetic phonics programme for YR/KS1. RWI materials are available with or without training.
It is the only programme that specifically recommends putting all children into fluid ability groups for phonics lessons.
– RWI One to one phonics tutoring kit for ages 4-9.
Tutoring Kit review: http://www.teachprimary.com/tried_and_tested/view/one-to-one-phonics-tutoring-kit
All the RWI programmes are based around using purchased consumables for each child – expensive long-term, but saves preparation time and helps ensure programme fidelity.
N.B. RWI’s ‘Red words’ should be sounded out and are not ‘sight words’ to be memorised as whole shapes.
Jolly Phonics (JP) Pub. Jolly Learning. http://jollylearning.co.uk/
Synthetic phonics programme (unscripted) and resources.
Straightforward to use and suitable for nursery/Reception/Y1.
JP author Sue Lloyd’s own website http://tcrw.co.uk/ has videos and free resources.
Sound Discovery (SD) https://www.syntheticphonics.net/index.php
Synthetic phonics whole-class programme and resources for primary schools, written by EP Dr. Marlynne Grant.
Also available from Pearson as the ‘Rapid Phonics’ intervention.
Caution: do not confuse with Pearson’s ‘Rapid Reading’ programme.
Advice for parents + sample pages from SD decodable books and lessons.
Jason Wade Education. http://jweducation.co.uk/
Training (in-school or online) in the ‘Sounds & Syllables’ programme.
An overview of a Sounds & Syllables spelling unit: http://jweducation.co.uk/2020/06/11/sounds-syllables-sample-unit/
Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs https://www.phonicsforpupilswithspecialeducationalneeds.com/
A linguistic phonics 1-1 programme, published as a series of photocopiable books. Can be used for initial instruction with pupils in specialist settings or as an intervention for those with complex needs ”including non-verbal pupils and those with significant motor skill difficulties (or both)”.
A flexible training package is available to support schools to deliver the Phonics for SEN programme.
– Download a free e-booklet for adaptations to enable pupils with complex SEN to access the programme:
– Extensive range of resources including decodable books for those with complex SEN
Sound Reading System (SRS) http://soundreadingsystem.co.uk/
A scripted linguistic phonics one-to-one intervention programme, based on the work of Prof. Diane McGuinness.
It includes all the common spelling code and teaches decoding and spelling in tandem from the start. A fully decodable story (plain-text suitable for annotation) is provided for each lesson. Highly suitable for ‘dyslexics’ and struggling or non-readers of all ages including adults. The programme has also been used successfully as a whole-class early reading programme, in FE Colleges, Academies, Youth Offender Institutions and by parents.
PATOSS placed the SRS programme in the top category of effectiveness as an intervention for all age groups; ‘remarkable’ in all three areas: reading accuracy, comprehension and spelling.
As this is an instruction-led approach to reading and spelling, the programme’s teaching manual and photocopiable materials are only available with training. Open-to-all (parents/carers/homeschoolers) training is available.
Please contact Fiona Nevola for training details: fiona.nevola at gmail.com.
Phonics intervention programmes and training for KS3 or older teens and adults:
RWI. Fresh Start https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/
‘Catch-up’ reading, writing, spelling and grammar activities for children in Y5 to early secondary. N.B. purchased consumables are required for each student: ”It basically consists of 34 ‘workbooks’ (modules) which progress from extremely simple to complex” (Secondary school HLTA)
Thinking Reading. https://www.thinkingreading.com/
Dianne and James Murphy provide training for secondary schools in a phonics-based 1-1 reading intervention. Remote training is available.
A school’s most severely struggling readers are found through a series of assessments. They will receive 3 x 30mins individualised lessons each week. More information
Forward with Phonics. http://www.forwardwithphonics.com/index.html
Training in the Sounds-Write programme (see above) and linguistic phonics resources (including decodable books), to use with older teenagers and adults.
That Reading Thing: www.thatreadingthing.com
Provides online training in a linguistic phonics one-to-one reading intervention programme, specifically designed to be used with teens and adults.
That Spelling Thing: https://thatspellingthing.com/
Online training and a handbook* with lessons and resources to provide a rapid spelling intervention for early secondary, older teens and adults (SA.8+) *That Spelling Thing handbook can be purchased separately.
Education and Training Foundation CPD:
Post-16 Entry Level Phonics Approach for improving spelling and basic reading
Course available from https://booking.etfoundation.co.uk
Quick link to the Post-16 Phonics Toolkit: Bit.ly/Post16Phonics
Phonics resources and paper-based phonics games:
Phonic Books: https://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/
Linguistic phonics decodable books with linked resources for beginners and KS2/3 intervention.
Each decodable book series (follows Sounds-Write’s GPC progression) has a linked photocopiable workbook with writing/spelling practice sheets and games (£) https://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/product-category/workbooks/
FREE phonics games templates, alphabet code charts and a set of decodable books with activities to download:
Sounds-Write’s linguistic phonics workbooks:
Two photocopiable workbooks with phonics games and activities for the Initial Code and the Extended Code (units 1-14) are available from http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/ and Amazon UK.
FREE 60 page e-book to download with a selection of extended code games suitable for Y1/Y2 https://www.dropbox.com/s/nzl3codxoyio081/Phonic%20games%20and%20activities%20EC%20free%20resources%20March%202020.pdf
”The activities can be used whole class, in small groups and in one-to-one settings, as well as for homework or home-schooling. Each activity has clear instructions so that teachers, teaching assistants, parents or carers know how to use them”
£. Dandelion Board Games: Five attractive packs of phonics code games that are directly linked to stories in the Dandelion decodable books.
£. Talisman Card Games: Ten sets of beautifully illustrated card games that reinforce phonics skills for catch-up readers. Starting at CVC word level, the sets introduce consonant digraphs and alternative spellings for vowel sounds.
Phonics crosswords – the good and the bad + link to a site where you can make your own crosswords for free.
Download this free spelling game – uses advanced/complex code with code overlap
Free (and £) phonics resources to download and print: includes Uno-style card games, posters, basic code movable alphabet for word building and Elkonin boxes.
‘The -tion Spelling Challenge’ which moves from 2 to 6 syllable words (KS2+)
Fantasy Phonics: Free reading and spelling game to print (KS2+) Can be played at any stage in a phonics programme (players read and spell words and sentences appropriate to the level at which they are working).
£. Linguistic phonics word-building card games to print out + videos to show you how to play the games.
£. Downloadable phonics playing cards. 5 of the 30 decks are free + video demonstrations of games to play.