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An affordable, easy to implement, evidence-based phonics program built for Australian schools. Sign up now for early access.

Essential Letters and Sounds Australia is an affordable, easy-to-use, phonics program for years F–1. Built on a research-based program with proven impact, we have adapted this series for complete alignment to Australian schools and all state curriculums.

  • Keeps routines simple to reduce cognitive load and maximize your students' success
  • Online, on-demand training, available around the clock and included in your teaching subscription
  • Practice made easy with our high-quality decodable series matched to the ELSA phonic progression and aligned to Letters and Sounds


Oxford Reading for Comprehension Discover

ORFC Discover is a brand new fully decodable series that develops phonic and comprehension skills.


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.


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.


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.


A rigorous synthetic phonics teaching program for Years F–1.
Floppy's Phonics

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.


Fully decodable and created to match Letters and Sounds
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.


Fully decodable revision of treasured tales
Traditional Tales

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.


Designed to motivate young readers
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.


Independent reading series
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.


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.

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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:

grapheme–phoneme (letter–sound) correspondences (the alphabetic principle) in a clearly defined, incremental sequence

to apply the highly important skill of blending (synthesising) phonemes in order, to read a word

to apply the skills of segmenting words into their constituent phonemes to spell

that blending and segmenting are reversible processes.

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 Levels

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.

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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.

Drive Reading Success with Phonics: Expert Q&A

Delve into the secrets of reading success with phonics. Listen to host, Joanna Lake
(Product Manager: Primary, Licensing & Export, OUP ANZ)
and our panel of Australian experts as they discuss the secrets of reading success with phonics.


Oxford’s decodable phonics-based readers

This webinar unpacks the approach that underpins Oxford’s decodable series Hero Academy, Alien Adventures, Floppy’s Phonics, and Traditional Tales, and explores how they support the teaching of synthetic phonics in Australian schools. Educators are guided through the features of each series and the extensive online support offered for free on Oxford Owl.

In this webinar, educators are also introduced to the eBook Library for Letters and Sounds, a new digital subscription available through Oxford Owl that offers access to 100 eBooks that are selected from well-loved and trusted Oxford series and are aligned to Letters and Sounds.

Achieve reading success with phonics

Join us in this 40-minute webinar for educators in New South Wales as we consider the latest educational research and the teaching of reading to help prepare for the Phonics Screening Check.

A Literacy Leader from South Australia shares her school's experience of the Phonics Screening Check and the implementation of a successful reading program.

This webinar also explores Oxford's phonics resources which encompass explicit systematic synthetic phonics programs and an extensive selection of decodable texts.

What do teachers say about Oxford's phonics resources?

“This program has had the greatest impact on student learning I have ever seen. If any program can deliver on its promise to move students along in their learning this is it! The positive reinforcement ideas built into the program changed the way I celebrated student success. As I introduced the ideas to students (and staff) a positive energy could be instantly seen and felt. This program makes sense.”

- Assistant Principal, Mernda Primary School (VIC) on Read Write Inc.

“It works. Read Write Inc. is a program that takes a ‘success for all’ approach. RWI addresses differentiation and additional needs between students, keeping them engaged through the Tutoring program. Be prepared to see fast improvements in students’ reading, writing, spelling and comprehension…”

- Principal, Toowong State School (QLD)

“Our whole school has benefited from the implementation of systematic synthetic phonics. All students have made terrific gains because they are learning how words work and are utilizing their phonemic skills more. Every student in our school made at or above the expected growth in Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading (PAT-R) over the last 12 months.”

- Principal, Dundee Beach School (NT)

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.

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Which Phonics resources are right for me?

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Decode and Develop readers are 60% decodable to support the transition from phonics to richer reading. Familiar settings, real-life scenarios and humorous illustrations will hook children into reading.
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Floppy's Phonics: Fiction and Non-fiction decodable readers are ideal for providing extra practice and reinforcement alongside any phonics teaching program. Inside cover notes for parents and teachers are included in every book.
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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.
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Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable fiction series designed to motivate young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Hero Academy is composed of 78 student books that are matched to the Letters and Sounds phonics sequence.
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Explore series in-depth Look Inside

Project X Code is a highly motivational intervention program that embeds systematic synthetic phonics within a 3D adventure series. Children revisit their phonics knowledge and build key reading and comprehension skills.
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Project X Alien Adventures are exciting, fully decodable stories that will motivate and support reluctant readers through to independence. Fine levelling throughout the series builds children’s confidence and helps them make progress.
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