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Phonics

As a parent, phonics can be intimidating – the method may be totally new to you.

 

Most children in UK primary schools now learn to read using ‘synthetic phonics’. Your child will first learn individual sounds – how to say them and what they look like. The sounds can then be blended together (synthesised) to help with reading, or separated to help with spelling.

 

There are 45 sounds to learn, as well as tricky words (like ‘the’ and ‘said’) that can’t be sounded out.

 

Books and apps can help you and your child master (and even enjoy!) phonics together.

 

The I’m Ready for Phonics! series follows the order of your child’s lessons, but with added fun. Sounds are slotted into exciting stories, using simple words and lots of magic and humour. There’s a book to suit every child and every ability.

Recommended reads

Captain Comet's Space Party Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 1

A brand-new set of phonics readers from Ladybird - perfect for helping your child with their phonics learning at school. Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics readers uses simple language and engaging, humorous stories to help children develop their phonics skills. The series has been carefully written to give gradual, structured practice of the synthetic phonics your child is learning at school.

Captain Comet's Space Party at level 1 teaches children to find the sound at the beginning of a word - the initial letter sound. The later books introduce phonemes in a similar order to the way they are taught in most UK schools and also provide practice of common tricky words, such as the and said, that cannot be sounded out.

The series closely follows the order that a child is taught phonics in school, from initial letter sounds to key phonemes and beyond. It helps to build reading confidence through practice of these phonics building blocks, and reinforces school learning in a fun way.

With simple vocabulary and subtle comprehension cues, these phonic readers will encourage, motivate and ignite children's excitement about reading.

Other titles in the series are: Phoneme Flash cards: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Say the Sounds: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Nat Naps! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 2, Top Dog: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 3, Huff! Puff! Run! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 4, Fix It Vets: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 5,
Dash is Fab! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 6

Ladybird I’m Ready for Phonics: Say the Sounds

This big book from Ladybird is the ideal book to introduce phonics to your child. The book contains all 26 letters of the alphabet, focusing on the inital letter sound and shows words that begin with each letter.

Workbook 1: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics

Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics activity books are a great way for children to learn and practise their phonics skills. The series of phonic readers and their accompanying activity workbooks have been carefully written to give gradual, structured practise of the synthetic phonics your child is learning at school.

Level 1 includes lots of fun activities and stickers to help your child practise their letters and sounds and early reading skills, just as they do at school, and will help children prepare for the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1.

The series closely follows the order that a child is taught phonics in school, from initial letter sounds to key phonemes and beyond. It helps to build reading confidence through practice of these phonics building blocks, and reinforces school learning in a fun way.

Other titles in the series are: Phonic activity books, Phoneme Flash cards: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Say the Sounds: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Captain Comet's Space Party! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 1, Nat Naps! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics Level 2, Top Dog: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 3, Fix It Vets: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 5, Dash is Fab! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 6, Big BIG Fish: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 7, Dig, Farmer, Dig! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics Level 8, Fun Fair Fun: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 9, Wow, Wowzer, Wow! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 10, Wizard Woody: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 11, Monster Stars: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 12

Big, Big Fish: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics Level 7

A brand-new set of phonics readers from Ladybird - perfect for helping your child with their phonics learning at school. Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics readers uses simple language and engaging, humorous stories to help children develop their phonics skills. The series has been carefully written to give gradual, structured practice of the synthetic phonics your child is learning at school.

The books introduce phonemes in a similar order to the way they are taught in most UK schools and also provide practice of common tricky words, such as the and said, that cannot be sounded out. Level 7 teaches sounds: ai ee oa oo (long) oo (short).

The series closely follows the order that a child is taught phonics in school, from initial letter sounds to key phonemes and beyond. It helps to build reading confidence through practice of these phonics building blocks, and reinforces school learning in a fun way.

With simple vocabulary and subtle comprehension cues, these phonic readers will encourage, motivate and ignite children's excitement about reading.

Other titles in the series are: Phoneme Flash cards: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Say the Sounds: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Captain Comet's Space Party! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 1, Nat Naps! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics Level 2, Top Dog: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 3, Fix It Vets: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 5, Dash is Fab! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 6, Dig, Farmer, Dig! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 8, Fun Fair Fun: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 9, Wow, Wowzer, Wow! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 10, Wizard Woody: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 11, Monster Stars: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 12

Nat Naps! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 2

A brand-new set of phonics readers from Ladybird - perfect for helping your child with their phonics learning at school. Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics readers uses simple language and engaging, humorous stories to help children develop their phonics skills. The series has been carefully written to give gradual, structured practice of the synthetic phonics your child is learning at school.

The books introduce phonemes in a similar order to the way they are taught in most UK schools and also provide practice of common tricky words, such as the and said, that cannot be sounded out. Level 2 teaches s a t p i n.

The series closely follows the order that a child is taught phonics in school, from initial letter sounds to key phonemes and beyond. It helps to build reading confidence through practice of these phonics building blocks, and reinforces school learning in a fun way.

With simple vocabulary and subtle comprehension cues, these phonic readers will encourage, motivate and ignite children's excitement about reading.

Other titles in the series are: Phoneme Flash cards: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Say the Sounds: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Captain Comet's Space Party! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 1, Top Dog: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 3, Huff! Puff! Run! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 4, Fix It Vets: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 5, Dash is Fab! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 6