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Primary EYFS/KS1 Phonics Programmes & Schemes Of Work

A list of almost every phonics scheme and programme compared, each checked if they are DfE validated. Many of the spelling and reading programmes we list will also be linked to the schemes below.

See also: Phonics/Reading Intervention Programmes, Reading Schemes, Spelling Schemes

Ready Steady Phonics

Ready Steady Phonics

Literacy Counts

Ready Steady Phonics is a DfE Validated progressive systematic synthetic programme which builds upon and expands the original 2007 Letters and Sounds. It contains detailed guidance for effective implementation, and carefully crafted fully decodable text (electronic and physical) that exactly match children’s growing phonic subject skills and knowledge.   


It also aligns to current National Curriculum requirements and the Revised EYFS Curriculum 2021. It has a well-defined, cumulative progression for the teaching of Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs) and Common Exception Words (CEW) for reading and spelling in Reception and KS1. Ready Steady Phonics is also a Finalist in the BETT International Awards!

DfE Validated

Features 

  • Comprehensive daily Teaching Progression, detailing the GPCs, cumulative teaching sequence and the progressive introduction of CEWs

  • Each week has four lessons introducing new learning and a consolidation and assessment opportunity in the fifth

  • Decodable online and physical Readers support the teaching content of each week

  • Each year, six Summative Assessment Intervals and resources to ensure practitioners monitor children’s progression and identify those needing additional Ready Steady Go (keep up support)

  • Lesson plans, IWB resources, Word Cards & Workbooks are provided for each lesson


Staff Training & Support 

Ready Steady Phonics (Green Membership) offers overview training modules for unlimited access to practitioners. A further 20-module online training offer is available which offers support for all stakeholders. Prices dependant on size of school. INSET launches of Ready Steady Phonics and ongoing Consultancy support are available to book. Contact mari@literacycounts.co.uk for more information.


Cost

Subscription for the online access. Price dependant on size of school. Hard copy decodable texts and resources available to purchase here


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Bug Club Phonics

Bug Club Phonics

Pearson

Excite your children and give them a firm foundation in phonics.


Part of the Bug Club family, Bug Club Phonics is one of the DfE’s approved systematic synthetic phonics programmes (revalidated in 2021!). It aims to help all children in your school learn to read by the age of six in a fun and accessible way. Following its own proven progression, the whole school programme, with 180 fully decodable books to explore, matches the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals.


Bug Club Phonics meets the requirements for the Ofsted framework. We’ve produced a detailed analysis so you may be confident in Bug Club Phonics’ ability to support your school in meeting the requirements.

DfE Validated

Features

  • 180 fun, varied, decodable books – with a mix of fiction and non-fiction readers there’s plenty of exciting stories to choose from.

  • Whole-Class Teaching and eBooks subscription which includes all the eBooks plus lesson plans, interactive whiteboard lessons, videos, games and more.

  • Prepare and Assess – prepare your children for the screening check and get them ready for a lifetime of reading.

  • Classroom resources - 100% matched to the Bug Club Phonics programme and resources, meaning you can teach with flexibility and fidelity. Use them with confidence knowing they match the Bug Club Phonics GPCs and progression.

  • Professional Development courses to develop confidence and competence with the Bug Club Phonics whole-class teaching materials.


Staff Training & Support

Bug Club Phonics provides everything time-strapped teachers need to run the whole programme including instructions and tips, plans, assessment sheets, worksheets, photocopiables and more. We even offer a brilliant Bug Club Phonics Professional Development course in case you need a phonics refresher!


Cost

Bug Club Phonics is available to buy in whatever way suits you – take a look at our Primary Literacy Reading Pathways to find out more. Our comprehensive selection of resources are available to view on our website and are eligible for funding via the English Hubs. We offer a discount for small schools too!


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All Aboard Learning

All Aboard Learning

All Aboard Phonics

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DfE Validated

FREE 14 day trial in Pango - the home of primary schemes of work


As a teacher, every minute of the day counts and we know that some science of reading approaches can be complex to master, stressful to implement and time-consuming to prep. So, All Aboard Phonics is designed around these 3 principles; simple and fun to deliver; easy admin and monitoring and effective Interventions [read more].


Anima Phonics

Anima Phonics

Anima Phonics

DfE Validated

Subscription


Created by teachers, trusted by schools and validated by the DfE, Anima Phonics is the proven way to learn to read. Children are enthused, parents are engaged and teachers have the tools at their fingertips to deliver high-quality phonics education.


Code-Breakers

Code-Breakers

Hamilton Trust

Subscription/One-off Purchase


Code-Breakers is a synthetic phonics programme that teaches phoneme-to-grapheme correspondences (PGCs) in a systematic, child-friendly fashion. It covers all the pre-requisite skills for reading – sequencing, sound identification, reproduction and discrimination – in a structured scheme of word-level work.


Essential Letters & Sounds

Essential Letters & Sounds

Knowledge Schools Trust

DfE Validated

Subscription 


ELS has been built upon the latest research and understanding about how children learn to read, how we ensure that this stays in their long-term memory and how to get the best outcomes for all learners.  We have drawn on the excellent practice within our own schools and those we have worked across the country whilst developing ELS.


FFT Success for All Phonics

FFT Success for All Phonics

FFT

DfE Validated

Subscription


FFT Success for All Phonics is a highly effective scheme used by 100s of schools. Developed by experts in the field, it is proven to be successful in improving pupils’ reading and spelling abilities. Offered on a not-for-profit basis, the programme is a comprehensive offering with training and support included.



Fast Phonics

Fast Phonics

3P Learning

Subscription


Fast Phonics is an online synthetic phonics programme that helps children become strong readers. Based on solid scientific research, Fast Phonics uses the proven power of systematic phonics instruction to boost reading skills fast!


First Class Phonics

First Class Phonics

BC Education

One-off Purchase


First Class Phonics provides everything that teachers need to put the fun back into phonics! It promotes a multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning and provides opportunities for children to independently practice and apply their phonic knowledge to read and spell.


Floppy's Phonics Sounds and Letters

Floppy's Phonics Sounds and Letters

Oxford University Press

DfE Validated

Subscription 


A step-by-step and flexible DfE validated phonics programme that engages children in reading from the outset. Developed by highly respected phonics expert Debbie Hepplewhite MBE, is perfect for schools who want high-quality phonics teaching resources and professional development in a range of online formats, for full confidence in teaching phonics.


Jolly Phonics and Grammar

Jolly Phonics and Grammar

Jolly Learning

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


Our flagship programme, Jolly Phonics, teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics, which is widely recognised as the most effective way to teach children to read and write in English. That was over 25 years ago. Since then our immense progress has been studied in numerous research projects, the results of which led to phonics becoming central to the UK curriculum.


Junior Learning Letters & Sounds

Junior Learning Letters & Sounds

Junoir Learning

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


The Junior Learning Letters & Sounds programme provides complete continuity for teachers through its fidelity to the original Letters & Sounds framework and progression. It is one of the only validated programmes to extend from Nursery to Year 2 (Phases 1 to 6), and is the most comprehensive programme with over 500 decodable readers and 2000 pages of daily lessons.


LearnPhonics!

LearnPhonics!

LearnPhonics!

DfE Validated

Monthly/ Annual Subscription 


LearnPhonics includes daily phonics planning with an accompanying flipchart, a thorough assessment tool, pre-recorded training videos, resources such as displays, sound mats etc, additional intervention planning, resources for teaching letter formation and also weekly parent hand-outs. The lessons are structured around daily routines making it easy for teachers with no lesson prep needed.


Lesley Clarke's Letters and Sounds

Lesley Clarke's Letters and Sounds

Lesley Clarke Synthetic Phonics

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


The programme has been written by Lesley Clarke using the knowledge and experience aquired over 25+ years as an infant class teacher (12 of which included teaching LaS 2007 in both reception and Y1) and 20+ years as a literacy consultant (over 14 of which have been spent helping schools to effectively teach phonics using LaS 2007).


Letterland Phonics

Letterland Phonics

Letterland

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


Letterland was created to teach phonics using a story-based approach. The story logic engages students leading to long term retention of concepts. What's more, Letterland is wonderfully multi-sensory. It activates every learning channel through music, actions, alliteration, movement, song, art, games and role-play.


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Wandle Learning Trust

DfE Validated

Subscription 


A low-cost annual membership to our programme will reduce teacher workload, ensure high quality consistent teaching of phonics and early reading for every child in every classroom and help you continue to grow a love of reading in your school.


Monster Phonics

Monster Phonics

Monster Phonics

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


Monster Phonics improves progress. Studies show a 38% increase in spelling accuracy in 5 weeks and a 23-month improvement in reading age over a 5-month period.


My Letters and Sounds

My Letters and Sounds

Schofield & Sims

DfE Validated

Subscription 


Schofield & Sims My Letters and Sounds is a brand new systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme built around 110 stunning, fully decodable Readers together with a wealth of teaching guidance and resources.


No Nonsense Phonics

No Nonsense Phonics

Phonics International/Debbie Hepplewhite

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


The No Nonsense Phonics Skills Pupil Books include plain ‘matched texts’ for reading and writing/spelling purposes for every letter/s-sound correspondence introduced. A matched ‘Phonics Reading Books’ series written by Debbie is in development to complement the programme - available as hard copies and a subscription eBookshelf of all the books.


Pearl Phonics

Pearl Phonics

Pearl Phonics

DfE Validated

Subscription 


The Pearl Phonics programme provides a paper-based step-by-step method for teaching reading and spelling. Each session is rich in content, providing phonics instruction and exercises with cumulative code (GPCs), words and short decodable texts. All resources and training are provided for a low-cost fee.


Phonics International

Phonics International

Phonics International/Debbie Hepplewhite

DfE Validated

Free


Phonics International (PI) is a highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible online synthetic phonics programme (program). Designed for all ages and needs and suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read and spell. Furthermore, PI is perfect for schools, tutoring and homeschooling. Teachers, teaching assistants, tutors, learners and learners' parents will all find the resources very supportive and effective. Student-teachers and teacher-trainers will also find great benefit from using our phonics programme for training purposes. Written and developed by phonics specialist Debbie Hepplewhite MBE


Phonics Shed

Phonics Shed

Education Shed

DfE Validated

Subscription


Phonics Shed is a DfE validated systematic synthetic phonics programme with coverage from sound awareness in pre-school, into a full phonics scheme of learning that leads into Spelling Shed’s complementary spelling system and is also compatible with 2007 Letters and Sounds.


Pip and Pap Phonics

Pip and Pap Phonics

The Learning Federation

DfE Validated

Subscription


Learning to read and write should be engaging, fun and fuss free. Our complete SSP programme provides a wealth of resources, including daily plans and teaching booklets, complemented by a dedicated “keep up” programme. This ensures that learners are well supported to acquire the skills and confidence needed for successful decoding and encoding.


Power Phonics

Power Phonics

Mckie Mastery

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase/Annual Subscription


DfE validated SSP producing results including Top 2% Y1 Screening Results. This simple and unique Power Code is used in Primary, Juniors, Secondary, SEND and in Further Education. The books are non-phonics ‘looking’ and engage all ages. All staff including support staff, can be trained in one-day online or face-to-face. Free and Full Staff Training available.


Read Write Inc. Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Oxford University Press

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


Developed by Ruth Miskin, Read Write Inc. Phonics is a high-impact phonics programme that transforms reading and writing for every child. Read Write Inc. Phonics is for children learning to read in Reception (P1) and Years 1 and 2 (P2 and 3), and for struggling readers in Years 3 and 4 (P5 and 6).


Rocket Phonics

Rocket Phonics

Rising Stars

DfE Validated

Subscription


Welcome to Rocket Phonics, a DfE approved phonics programme aligned to Letters and Sounds by expert Abigail Steel. We approach phonics differently to ensure every child keeps up and not catches up.


SPEAK Phonics

SPEAK Phonics

Teacher's Pet

Subscription 


SPEAK Phonics is a brand new systematic synthetic phonics scheme (SSP) and provides everything that you need to support the teaching and learning of phonics from Nursery to Year 2.


Snappy Sounds

Snappy Sounds

MacMillan Education

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


Snappy Sounds is a systematic, synthetic phonics series, built by world class educators, authors and speech pathologists. It has been designed to make teaching phonics as simple and as speedy as possible for you and your class. Children will enjoy reading because the resources build confidence quickly.


Sounds Together

Sounds Together

Sounds Together

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


Sounds Together is a complete, systematic, synthetic phonics programme for use in Reception and KS1. The Programme is the 'step-up' from 'Letters and Sounds'. It provides a fresh, thorough and systematic approach to teaching and learning phonics that builds on previous professional experience and understanding, without requiring teachers to 'unlearn' the positive principles and methods of 'Letters and Sounds'.


Sounds-Write

Sounds-Write

Sounds Write

DfE Validated

One-off Purchase


An expertly structured synthetic phonics programme based on the science of reading. This multisensory, code-oriented, comprehensive approach to literacy has been designed by teachers—for teachers.


Story Time Phonics

Story Time Phonics

TTS

One-off Purchase


The StoryTime phonics programme has been created with teachers and developed in schools to teach phonics in a way children will love and remember. Wherever implemented, this comprehensive programme brings success and joy to children and teachers alike.


Supersonic Phonic Friends

Supersonic Phonic Friends

Supersonic Phonic Friends

DfE Validated

Subscription


Supersonic Phonic Friends is a fully systematic synthetic phonic approach. Our scheme includes the Firm Foundations in Phonics, The Basics, The Higher Levels ~ Choose to Use Spellings and Switch it Spell Sounds, as well as Key Stage 1 spelling rules.


The Code

The Code

Smart Kids

DfE Validated

Free/One-off Purchase


It progresses through all sounds, working from the simple to the more complex. By following the progression, children build on their growing phonic knowledge. They quickly learn to read and spell, having fun along the way.


Time For Phonics

Time For Phonics

Mrs Mactivity

DfE Validated

Subscription 


Time for Phonics is a DfE validated, time-saving, straight-forward phonics programme that follow the Letters and Sounds progression. With proven results, our activity-based phonics lessons will engage children with learning to help them make rapid progress in reading. With no complicated training, mantras or characters to learn, and an easy to navigate website, you can get started straight away.


Twinkl Phonics

Twinkl Phonics

Twinkl

DfE Validated

Subscription


Everything you need to make phonics a joy. Endorsed by schools and validated by the DfE our SSP programme will help you nurture a love of reading and writing, whilst you guide them towards fluency.


Unlocking Letters and Sounds

Unlocking Letters and Sounds

Unlocking Letters and Sounds

DfE Validated

Subscription 


Largely following the L&S 2007 progression, ULS offers everything schools need to deliver quality phonics teaching from pre-school to the end of Autumn term in Year 2. Realistic and affordable, we’re passionate about reducing workload, increasing peace of mind, and supporting every child to become a fluent/enthusiastic reader.


Wand Phonics

Wand Phonics

Wand Education/Debbie Hepplewhite

DfE Validated

Subscription 


Wand Phonics is your fully-editable online interactive resource (systematic yet flexible if required) for teaching Phonics from beginners in Reception (4+) through KS1 to KS2. Wand Phonics provides quick access to 120 Phonics lessons each with 13 core activities. Wand Phonics is designed to support teaching and learning, ongoing assessment, and work in partnership with ‘home’ when used to support mainstream class teaching and/or intervention. Wand Phonics saves teachers time and effort spent on lesson planning and provides multi-sensory practice for learners.


Wand Phonics by Debbie Hepplewhite can be used as a blended programme with either No Nonsense Phonics or Phonics International.

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