Sounds and Letters

Sounds and Letters introduces major grapheme/phoneme correspondences.

Each letter sound and shape is introduced, and children gain synthetic phonic skills by blending sounds to build words. The phonemes are presented in groups to enable the teacher to introduce them in discrete daily phonics sessions.

The First steps – Listen and First steps – Say activities enable children to practise oral blending and segmenting of sounds in spoken words before they are introduced to corresponding graphemes.

The CD is then divided into 7 accumulative letter groups so that children can move incrementally from simple to more complex phonic work. Within each group there is a section that introduces new sounds, and as you move through the groups you can also review the sounds you have already heard.

The following sets of activities are included within each accumulative letter group:

Play with sounds 

 

Steps to reading 

     

The activities in this section enable children to secure their knowledge of and develop automaticity in recognising grapheme-phoneme correspondences for the group. They do this by listening to, looking at and matching phonemes and graphemes in a variety of ways. 

 

The activities in this section enable children to learn, practise and apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to decode (or read) words. They do this by hearing sounds or looking at words and blending from left to right. They then find a spoken or written word match, a picture match or record the matching word themselves. 

Steps to writing 

 

Monster words 

     

The activities in this section enable children to learn, practise and apply the skill of segmenting words into phonemes in order to encode (or spell) them. They do this by hearing words and segmenting them into their constituent phonemes. They then count the sounds or build the words grapheme by grapheme. 

 

The activities in the Monster read and Monster write sections involve children reading and writing nonsense words. The use of non-words means that children really have to use their phonic knowledge and skills to decode and encode letter-sound relationships, rather than relying on sight-word memory. 

Additional Activities

There are also a number of additional activities which can be carried out independently from the letter groups, such as Tricky words, which helps children to develop automaticity in recognising high-frequency 'tricky' words, and Word sums, in which children practise reading and spelling compound words.

(Requires Clicker 7 or Clicker 6 for Windows or Mac).