Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds was published by the Department for Education in 2007. This guidance helped to embed and unify synthetic phonics teaching in primary schools across England with a detailed and logical curriculum. However, effective teaching relied on schools building a programme around the Letters and Sounds handbook. The Department for Education has also recognised that the support, guidance, resources and training should ideally be provided by one complete scheme. In March 2021, the DfE stated that Letter and Sounds “isn’t a full Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme”. Monster Phonics enables Letters and Sounds schools to easily transition to a full SSP. 

Letters & Sounds Schools

See how Monster Phonics covers all aspects of Letter & Sounds and more, enabling a seamless transition to a full SSP. Find out more by attending a live showcase and demo, speak to our expert trainers and find Monster Phonics schools near you.

Find out more about the Letters & Sounds Phases 

Tricky and high-frequency words are taught alongside phonics at each phase of Letters and Sounds, and the KS1 Spelling Curriculum.

The systematic and synthetic structure of Monster Phonics ensures that children in Reception are able to decode words early in their reading journey. By the end of Reception, children have been taught to read real words and simple sentences accurately, with increasing speed and fluency. All grapheme-phoneme correspondences assessed within the phonics screening check are taught and further revised prior to the assessment taking place in Year 1. The programme teaches every aspect of the statutory requirements of the KS1 Spelling Curriculum. This includes all grapheme-phoneme correspondences and spelling rules, as shown in the yearly overviews. Assessment also links to this, and through ongoing training, schools are supported with fully implementing the scheme. This ensures that regular and timely assessment takes place.

Free Resources

Try some of our popular free resources. Download free word charts and PowerPoints to create a love of learning phonics in your classroom. Get further access with a free trial or read free online eBooks by visiting our Books Page.

Monster Phonics uses a multi-sensory approach so that children learn from simultaneous visual (video, colour coding), auditory (songs and rhymes) and kinaesthetic (magnetic letters and hands-on activities and games) activities which are designed to secure essential phonic knowledge and skills. This is particularly appealing to this age group and is vital to ensuring all types of learners are reached. Schools consistently report increased engagement enabling children to progress quickly, building confidence. Expectations, therefore, are set very high for all children. Resulting in an average 92% phonics screening pass rate being achieved in a typical engaged MP school.

Find out more about Monster Phonics

Does Monster Phonics follow Letters and Sounds or the KS1 Curriculum?
Monster Phonics follows both ensuring that Letters and Sounds can schools seamlessly transition to a full SSP. Schools can feel confident that every statury requirement is covered.
Does Monster Phonics have an accompanying decodable books?
Yes, every stage of the programme is accompanied by the phonics reading scheme. The progression follows that of the programme so that children practise the phonics that has already been taught.
What is different about the Monster Phonics SSP?
Like other programmes, Monster Phonics is a full SSP and covers all aspects of knowledge and skills to be taught in Reception, Year 1 and 2. It is more multisensory and engaging than other schemes, meaning that children, teachers and parents love phonics. This can be seen in the improved results, in phonics being visible throughout the school environment and routine, and in 'Monster Phonics Days' where all of the school community celebrate the love of learning phonics.