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Phonics Mapping & Support Documents

We've collated mapping & supporting documents from publishers of phonics resources to help you easily compare what is available and potentially help to identify which books in your existing provision will fit into a commercially available Systematic Synthetic Phonics Teaching Programme (SSP) or your own school’s SSP. If you are auditing your resources, you may need to top up with additional books to ensure your provision meets new guidelines and expectations and these documents should help with this.

A full list of all SSP programmes can be viewed here. Whilst there is no statutory requirement for schools to choose one of the SSP programmes on the validated list and Ofsted does not have a preferred programme or approach it's important that "schools take an approach that is rigorous, systematic, used with fidelity (any resources used should exactly match the Grapheme Phoneme Correspondance (GPC) progression of their chosen SSP approach), and achieves strong results for all pupils, including the most disadvantaged." (DfE: Choosing a phonics teaching programme, updated Jan 23.)

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 Little Wandle — Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds Revised

• Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds

• Essential Letters and Sounds

• Bug Club Phonics

• Rocket Phonics — Rising Stars Reading Planet

• Dandelion Launchers & Readers

• Floppy’s Phonics

• Read Write Inc. Phonics

• Reading Stars Phonics for Unlocking Letters and Sounds

• Red Squirrel Phonics

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Little Wandle — Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds Revised

Programme progression for Reception and Year 1

Glossary of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised terminology.

Key features of effective phonics practice — Through the English Hubs Programme, seven key features have been identified as characterising phonics teaching in highly successful schools, no matter which validated programme is being used. This document shows how these essential criteria apply to Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.

Application of phonics to reading 

Word lists for each book can be downloaded here

Guidance on selecting fully decodable books

The Little Wandle SEND Programme has been developed to be used with the graduated approach to teach children to learn to read in small steps that provide the right amount of challenge. It is anticipated that most children who follow it will be in specialist provision of some kind. The SEND Programme isn't additional practice for those children who are falling slightly behind their peers. It provides pathways for pupils who may need very specific adaptations to the teaching steps because they have complex needs, and has been developed with the advice from Special schools across the county. See examples of Phase 2Phase 3Phase 4 and Phase 5 SEND Programme weekly grids.

Scan the QR code below or click here for more information about Little Wandle and how to join one of their information briefings, or watch this video explaining the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised approach to the application of phonics to reading.

Browse Little Wandle resources available from Pandora Books here. All paperback books purchased from Pandora Books are supplied fitted with free protective jackets.

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds

Phonemes Progression Chart for Big Cat for Letters and Sounds

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds books are fully decodable and can be used as part of a Letters and Sounds SSP programme. Big Cat Phonics for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a fully validated SSP programme using 204 Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds books with a range of additional resources, training, and online support. For schools that are looking for an SSP programme and have been happy using Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds, Little Wandle could be a good option, allowing schools to adopt a full SSP programme and still utilise a significant proportion of their existing resources. 

Browse the full range of Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds resources, with free fitted easy-to-clean jackets, available from Pandora Books here.

Essential Letters and Sounds

Essential Letters and Sounds

View Oxford decodable reading books matched to the Essential Letters & Sounds order of teaching here

This chart shows how Oxford’s decodable reading books can be used to support the teaching of Essential Letters and Sounds. It lists the GPCs covered in the books and shows where they can be used in the Essential Letters and Sounds progression. More detailed guidance is given within the Essential Letters and Sounds Teaching Subscription.

View Essential Letters and Sounds reading books, pupil activity books and additional resources here. For schools starting afresh with Essential Letters and Sounds these packs contain all the reading books you need to match the ELS progression within a half term, ensuring you have exactly the right books to support teaching in class and reading practice at home. Pandora books also supply all your books fitted with free protective jackets so that books last a long time and are easy to clean.

An Introduction to Essential Letters and Sounds

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Bug Club Phonics

Bug Club Phonics Progression Chart

Bug Club Phonics Programme Progression

Bug Club Phonics Phoneme Sequence

Bug Club Phonics and the new Ofsted Framework

Bug Club Phonics books are nicely aligned to Phases 1–5 of Letters and Sounds and offer varied, engaging and fun books to support children learning to decode and enjoy reading. Books are not stilted and introduce the phonemes and graphemes systematically providing valuable experiences and opportunities to practise and build on the phonics taught in class. These bright and colourful books include inside cover notes and tips on how to share books effectively, identifying the phonics focus and possible extension activities. Browse Bug Club Phonics books from Pandora Books here — as always, all paperback books purchased through Pandora Books will be supplied with FREE fitted protective jackets that will ensure your investment lasts.

An overview of Bug Club Phonics.

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Rocket Phonics — Rising Stars Reading Planet

Rocket Phonics Progression Chart — Every Rocket Phonics book is fully-decodable and has been expertly aligned to Letters and Sounds.

To deliver Rocket Phonics as a full SSP programme, we recommend that your school uses the print and online resources. The core print resources consist of 140 flashcards48 Target Practice reading books and 6 Pupil Practice Booklets. There are also 114 additional reading practice books available. The online 1-year subscription is £350+VAT per year for unlimited access to everything in digital format plus teaching Big Books, games, videos, downloadable teaching notes and more. Browse all Rocket Phonics resources here and don't forget, all paperback books purchased from Pandora Books are supplied fitted with free protective jackets that are also very easy to clean.

Dandelion Launchers & Readers

Dandelion Launchers & Readers

Dandelion Launchers & Readers are from the experts at Phonic Books®. These decodable books link closely to the phases of Letters and Sounds. Launchers are a phonic series for beginner readers, moving on to Readers which recap the same progression whilst building reading stamina with more text per page. Browse the series  here.

Phonic progression chart of Dandelion Launchers & Dandelion Readers

How to use Dandelion Books

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Floppy’s Phonics

Floppy’s Phonics Teaching Progression — This chart shows the systematic way Oxford Reading Tree resources help to build reading progress through phonics sounds and letters.

A rigorous, easy to use synthetic phonics teaching programme that engages children from the outset and enables them to learn to read quickly. Fully decodable books offer children reading practice that’s matched to their phonic knowledge. These colourful and engaging books use the popular Oxford Reading Tree characters and action packed illustrations to make learning phonics fun. Developed with Debbie Hepplewhite MBE, a prolific author, trainer and advisor on synthetic phonics. Browse Floppy's Phonics Teaching Programme books here.

Read Write Inc Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a high-impact DfE validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press.

Find out more about Read Write Inc. Phonics below.

A guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics resources

Read Write Inc. Phonics Teaching Sequence

Read Write Inc. Phonics and the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (including Year R)

Read Write Inc. Phonics and the National Curriculum (England)

How Read Write Inc. Phonics meets the requirements of the new Ofsted Framework

Click this link to view the colourful Book Bag Books which support all stages of phonic learning for schools using Read Write Inc. Phonics, all fitted with protective jackets free of charge.

Reading Stars Phonics
Unlocking Letters and Sounds

Reading Stars Phonics for Unlocking Letters and Sounds

Reading Stars Phonics mapping document

This levelled set of decodable reading books has been carefully designed to support any SSP that follows the Letters and Sounds progression. The books are well produced, fun, varied and will engage readers as well as provide the appropriate phonic development for beginner readers. A good mix of fiction and non-fiction books with bright illustrations and photographs. Browse the series here.

Unlocking Letters and Sounds is a validated SSP that uses selected Reading Stars Phonics books for reading practice. Designed by phonics teachers, this programme has been tested in class and is aligned to the DfE Reading Framework and early reading best practices.

Pandora Books offers easy-to-buy packs containing exactly the right books to align to the ULS SSP for a 1, 2 or 3 form entry school. Browse these collections here

Red Squirrel Phonics

Red Squirrel Phonics

Red Squirrel Phonics is comprised of 100 decodable books which can be used to help  teach children phonics skills in a sequential and systematic way. This ensures that every child beginning to read will experience success in reading from their very first book.

Red Squirrel Phonics Alignment Chart — This alignment document is for guidance only. There is no direct relationship between Red Squirrel Phonics and any other phonics schemes

Red Squirrel Phonics Overview

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