Here at Great Binfields Primary School we are passionate about teaching phonics lessons that appeal and engage all learners through fun activities. We follow a fantastic scheme called Monster Phonics. Monster Phonics is a whole-class Systematic Synthetic Phonics Scheme with Decodable Books for children in Reception and Key Stage 1. It is also used as an intervention in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. It is a fun way to teach phonics, since it is multi-sensory.
Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character. Monster Phonics is a highly advanced multisensory scheme. This creates interest and engagement from the children through songs, games and videos.
If you would like to find out more about Monster Phonics, please follow the link below to their website.
Once on the site, click the 'free' section at the top right. Here you will find various worksheets and resources to support your child's learning.
Monster Phonics Decodable Books.
Why decodable books?
Decodable books encourage children to read using systematic synthetic phonics as the prime approach. When children read decodable books, they are more likely to try to use phonics to decode to read. Studies show that this improves the accuracy of a child’s reading and limits the use of less effective reading strategies, such as reliance on pictures or context.
The Progression of Monster Phonics Decodable Books
The progression of the Monster Phonics books is matched to that of the teaching programme. This means that the books introduce new grapheme phoneme correspondences (GPCs) in the same order as the teaching programme, and that the progression within the books is cumulative so children can practise the phonics that they have already learned earlier in their lessons. Each high-frequency word (decodable and common exception word) is also taught in the programme before the children read it in a book. Each book focuses on a key grapheme. Monster Phonics uses colour to help children learn the link between sound and spelling. This significantly improves progress, supporting memory and confidence.