What is phonics and why is it important?
The English written language is an alphabetic code. Letters (graphemes) are symbols that represent the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. Phonics is understanding the relationship between the sounds and the letter/s that represent them.
There are a number of different approaches to teaching phonics, all with varying levels of effectiveness. The evidence is clear, however, that systematic, synthetic phonics is the most effective approach.
Watch the video below to learn more about the teaching of phonics.
A synthetic phonics approach teaches beginner readers:
Such explicit instruction is particularly important for children who come from disadvantaged homes and communities, where oral language exposure in the pre-school years is significantly diminished when compared to children from more advantaged backgrounds (Buckingham, 2016).
Phonics alone is not sufficient, however. No serious reading scientist has ever claimed that it was.
Oxford-levelled books have helped millions of students all over the world learn to read and to love
At Oxford, we use an expertly developed and well-established system for levelling our books, which has been used to develop many of our popular and well-loved series including Project X and Oxford Reading Tree.
We’ve finely graded our books so you can accurately match children to the right book. With the help of expert authors our levelled books hook children of different ages into reading, capture their imaginations, and make them think.
Letters and Sounds phonics sequence
Oxford's phonics resources (excluding Read Write Inc.) are aligned with the Letters and Sounds phonics sequence. This supportive phonics framework ensures that each series is accessible to all students.
Oxford Reading for Comprehension Decodables
ORFC Decodables is a unique, fully decodable, guided reading series that supports strong early vocabulary acquisition. It is underpinned by a proven, finely sequenced phonics framework aligned to Letters and Sounds and a research-based Comprehension Skills Framework.EXPLORE NOW
Flying Start to Literacy: Phonics
Flying Start to Literacy: Phonics follows an explicit and systematic sequence of skills and knowledge from common sounds of consonants and vowels to less common letter-sound correspondences.EXPLORE NOW
Read Write Inc. Phonics
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a rigorous program for F–2 that is proven to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers.EXPLORE NOW
The Floppy's Phonics program has been comprehensively updated to reflect the latest research and phonics teaching practice to provide teachers with a complete package of resources for planning, classroom implementation and assessment in an easy to understand and practical format.EXPLORE NOW
Little Blending Books
Little Blending Books have been created specifically to match Letters and Sounds Sets and Phases and can be used alongside any of your existing Letters and Sounds resources. Beautifully simple to use, these blending books are ideal for students to use in pairs in the classroom, or at home with a parent or caregiver as take-home practice.EXPLORE NOW
Traditional Tales are 100% decodable retellings of classic tales with clear phonic progression for Years F–2. Storymaps in each book fuel children’s writing and inside cover notes will support both teachers and parents.EXPLORE NOW
Project X Hero Academy
Project X Hero Academy is composed of 78 fiction books that are fully decodable and matched to the Letters and Sounds phonics sequence. The fine phonic progression ensures that all children can access the series as they embed their whole-class phonic teaching.EXPLORE NOW
Project X Alien Adventures
Project X Alien Adventures is an award-winning independent reading series for Foundation–Year 4. This fully decodable and finely levelled series is based around an exciting space adventure to engage students and ignite a love of reading.EXPLORE NOW
eBook Library for Letters and Sounds
Engage your students in reading with the eBook Library for Letters and Sounds, containing 100 eBooks aligned to Letters and Sounds, accessed via Oxford Owl.Learn more
Systematic synthetic phonics helps all students achieve reading growth
Learn how this systematic synthetic phonics program is making a positive difference in the lives of teachers and students in the Northern Territory.Learn how