Included in the programme are a series of decodable texts that can be used alongside or during daily lessons, these can be found at the bottom of the appropriate lesson page and are referred to within the relevant lessons, so teachers know exactly how to use them. We have prepared a decodable text progression guide, showing which book corresponds with which phonics stage, though of course teachers will use their judgement to assess whether children need more consolidation and practice before attempting to read the text. Each text is fully decodable at every phonics stage, and is composed entirely of words that are made up of grapheme-phoneme correspondences that children have learned up to that point. Also included are a small number of common exception words that children will have learned as part of the lessons up to that point, though these are kept to a minimum. Texts can be used for whole-class learning, perhaps to identify individual phonemes rather than reading words before children are ready. The books reflect the world that we live in, with diverse characters and storylines that children can genuinely relate to, and make them laugh, think and discover. Practising with decodable texts such as these will help children experience success and learn to rely on phonic strategies.
We recommend using the printable mini-book versions of the decodable texts for children to take home as their reading books, or to read in school, alongside our decodable reading comprehensions, and for guided reading.
School members can view all of the ebook and mini-books in one handy place by clicking on "download resources" below, or access them in each week's resource folder on Google Drive.
You can also use our handy assessment tracker to assign the most appropriate books to children, as this allows you to benchmark children more formally to select the best text for them.
Explore a free sample text below.