Synthetic phonics programmes and resources

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Susan Godsland

Synthetic phonics programmes and resources

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S ou n d R ea d i ng S y s t e m (SRS)
A scripted linguistic phonics one-to-one intervention programme, based on the work of Professor Diane McGuinness (author of Why Children Can't Read) and adapted, with her permission, by Fiona Nevola B.Ed.(Sussex) and M.Sc.(Oxen). Highly suitable for 'dyslexics' and struggling or non-readers of all ages (6+) including adults. The programme is also being used successfully as a whole-class early reading programme and in Further Education Colleges, Academies and Youth Offender Institutions. The Dyslexia-SpLD trust place the SRS programme in their 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 materials are only available WITH 3-4 days training. Please contact Fiona Nevola for training details: fiona.nevola at

This scripted linguistic phonics classroom programme is designed for KS1 but can be used with all ages as 'catch-up' As this is an instruction-led approach to reading and spelling the programme's teaching manual is only available WITH (4-5 days) training. The resources kit has been specially designed to facilitate one-to-one and small group intervention work and consists of word puzzles, sound-swap cards and word cards for word building, reading and spelling.
-S-W's excellent, interactive whiteboard presentations -initial code and extended code. They can be used alongside any phonics programme: ... board.aspx
App for iPad. Sounds-Write's Initial / Basic Code app - see below.
S~W's impressive longitudinal study of literacy development from 2003-2009, following 1607 pupils through Key Stage 1: ... t_2009.pdf

Phonics International.
Debbie Hepplewhite's online synthetic phonics programme. Comprehensive range of resources along with basic instructions for teaching the English Alphabet Code. Unit 1 is free to download with no commitment to purchase further units. The Sounds Book activity sheets are the core of the programme and they include guidance on every sheet right through the programme. Training available.
Programme guidance booklet:
Teach Primary's review of Phonics International ... ernational
Teach Secondary's review of Phonics International ... review.pdf
Sign up for Debbie's free email tutorials 'covering many aspects of literacy teaching'- see the website.
Early Years Starter Package: Young-child resources for children aged 3-5, for pre-school settings and parents who want to make an early start with synthetic phonics AND Teeny Reading Seeds: Resources for approximately 3-4 yr.olds as they begin to make links between speech sounds and the 26 alphabet letters - both upper and lower case: can be used with the DfE programme Letters & Sounds Phase One.

Phonics Ireland.
A complete online linguistic phonics training course + downloadable materials package
A headteacher in Fiji reviews the training course: ... onics.html

Sounds Together Complete synthetic phonics programme for YR/KS1 - resources, lesson plans, interactive whiteboard materials and decodable texts.

Sound Discovery. Synthetic phonics programme to teach reading, writing and spelling.
Also now published by Pearson. ... overy.aspx
Rapid Phonics catch-up programme for KS1/2, based on Dr Marlynne Grant's Sound Discovery programme. ... onics.aspx

Read Write Inc (RWI) Pub. OUP. ... rogrammes/
Ruth Miskin's scripted synthetic phonics programme for schools. All the RWI materials are available with or without training.
- RWI. Fresh Start: 'Catch-up' reading, writing, spelling and grammar activities for children in Year 5 upwards: ''It basically consists of 34 'workbooks' (modules) which progress from extremely simple to complex'' (Secondary school HLTA)
- RWI One to one phonics tutoring kit for ages 4-9. Starts at CVC level.
Tutoring Kit review: ... toring-kit
Caution: The RWI programmes are based around purchased consumables - expensive, but saves preparation time and helps ensure programme fidelity. N.B. RWI's 'Red words' are not meant to be memorised as whole units; Ruth Miskin says ''Help children look for the letters that “work” and ones that are tricky'' in the Red words. RWI also uses nonsense words, but only for assessment at the end of a lesson to check that children can read recent graphemes in new or nonsense words. ''We advise only two or three."

Floppy's Phonics Sounds and Letters. Pub. OUP ... ?region=uk
Uses Letters&Sounds GPC introduction order. Well designed and comprehensive range of KS1-child-friendly resources. The teaching handbooks include interactive whiteboard CD-ROMS. ''The heart of the programme is the Alphabetic Code Chart to help your children 'crack the code', support the learning of alternative phonemes and to reinforce phonics''.
Teach Primary review: ... nd-letters
Training available.

Jolly Phonics. Pub. Jolly Learning.
Synthetic phonics programme (unscripted) and resources based around The Phonics Handbook - N.B. the handbook covers Basic Code. Straightforward to use and suitable for pre-school -> 6yrs. More advanced code spellings covered in the Grammar Handbooks. New. iPad/iPhone app -see below. Training available.

That Reading Thing
Provides training in a basic remedial, linguistic phonics, one-to-one programme for older children, teenagers and adults 'The Basics' power point:
eBook 'TRT for Teachers' + free downloads for using phonics in an adult literacy classroom:

For information only: DfE's synthetic phonics programme 'Letters and Sounds' ... 00281-2007
N.B. teaching of reading begins in Phase 2. Caution: This is an unscripted, deliberately resourceless, 'bare-bones' programme, originally provided as a stop-gap/fall-back programme for schools and has now been archived. It is NOT recommended for use without very high-quality training and appropriate resources (e.g Floppy's Phonics / Phonics Bug Club). Caution: the ‘phases’ of L&S were never intended as a means of ‘differentiation’ but as steps for introducing the various letter/s-sound correspondences systematically. Additionally, children should not be asked to memorise as visual whole shapes any of the 300 high frequency words listed in L&S, see L&S Notes of Guidance p15/16
Read Elizabeth Nonweiler's review of L&S


Spelfabet's linguistic phonics resources.
Comprehensive range of materials to teach a linguistic phonics one-to-one intervention programme including workbooks and games. Spelfabet is based in Australia but the materials can be downloaded internationally using Paypal. N.B. includes some Aus.vocab.
It is recommended that complementary linguistic phonics decodable books are used alongside the Spelfabet materials. Training in linguistic phonics is also recommended to gain maximum benefit from the materials.
Free: workbook samples, games and sound-picture books for beginners ... ry&path=80
How to use the worksheets: ... #more-9799
X Alison Clarke illustrates how she uses a range of resources to teach the main spellings for the sound /er/ ... #more-9424

Phonicbooks linguistic phonics resources: workbooks and games.
Each decodable book series has a linked photocopiable workbook with writing/spelling practice sheets and games. Training in linguistic phonics recommended to gain maximum benefit from the materials.
Linguistic phonics resources to use with older learners - teens/adults/ESOL
2 books of photocopiable resources: Bk 1. worksheets Bk 2. decodable stories using Sounds-Write's GPC introduction order. Both start at CVC level, cover Letters&Sounds programme phases 2-5 ... ingACC.pdf
X Debbie Hepplewhite's comprehensive Alphabet Code chart specifically designed for student teachers, includes IPA symbols and synthetic phonics teaching principles. ... _model.pdf
X Diagram for the Simple View of Reading -and the Simple View of Writing.
Pack of linguistic phonics games which follow the Sound Reading System programme structure, suitable for one-to-one or group teaching. ... Id=1736887
App for iPad. Sounds-Write's 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 or teacher/tutor supervision needed when using the app. ... 42927?mt=8
App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Pocket Phonics. 'Aimed at preschool kids and older children up to 7, PocketPhonics uses animated graphics, sound and touch' to teach synthetic phonics. Free trial 'lite' version available. ... 94552?mt=8
App for iPhone and iPad. Jolly Phonics ''animated app enables your child to learn the letter sounds (including digraphs), letter formation, blending the sounds for reading and identifying letter sounds in words for spelling and writing'' ... 47075?mt=8
App for iPad. Sound Literacy. This *Orton Gillingham-based interactive teaching tool could be a useful and practical addition to 1-1 lessons led by a synthetic phonics trained tutor/teacher working with individual 'dyslexic' students. More info. (video clip, features, instructions) available here: *Caution: includes some non-synthetic phonics elements such as rimes. ... ?ls=1&mt=8
App for iPhone and iPad. Phonics Test UK helps prepare your child for the new 'Year 1 Phonics Screening Check' with realistic practice tests. The app ''replicates the Official Check using ALL featured letters and sounds and every word structure, with over 4000 carefully selected words''. ... itephonics
Android App. Read Write Phonics:
''Read: learn the correct 44 phonic sounds of the English language, Write: learn to write the letters of the English alphabet, with star rewards, Phonics: learn how to blend the phonic sounds to form words''
Packs of simple card games -some are suitable for use with linguistic/synthetic phonic programmes
Sets of tactile, hardwood cubes, each cube being laser engraved with six letters, or combination of letters, representing phonemes.
Free 'Read and Draw' worksheets for extension activities or extra practice.

Jolly Phonics Finger Phonics board books (set of 7) ... 354&sr=1-1
These sturdy books cover most of the basic code sounds and their spellings - alternative to the usual 'alphabet' books.

Free download (colour printer needed) First Phonics Picture Book for pre-schoolers -all 44 sounds covered. 'We focus on the supply of high quality resources for helping children who are learning to read. We firmly believe that teaching children by synthetic phonics provides the best foundation for successful reading and writing.' X How to say the sounds:

Stairway to Reading: Free, online, remedial tutoring program. Registration (free) needed:
A one-on-one remedial reading program for students of any age who have already received some instruction but who are still struggling with reading. Caution UK users- N. American spelling.

Support for synthetic phonics teaching- leaflet available.

Spelfabet linguistic phonics resources -see above.
Materials can be downloaded internationally using Paypal.

Spanish Alphabet Code chart -useful to compare with the English Alphabet Code chart -see above. ... _Chart.pdf