Phonics / Letters & Sounds | Free Early Learning Resources for Teachers

A collection of early years (EYFS)/ key stage 1 (KS1) lesson plans and ideas to assist with the teaching of phonics and the DfES Letters and Sounds programme.  We have recently updated this section to include a scheme of work for each phase of the letters and sounds programme that we hope you will find useful. You may also like to look at our extensive literacy section, where we have a comprehensive selection of Phase 1-6 resources.

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Assessment Template for Letters and Sounds

A useful template that can be used to assess a child’s progress through each Phase of the DfE’s Letters and Sounds Programme.

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EYFS/KS1 Activities: Recognising Letters

Help your pupils to recognise the letters in their name and put them in the correct order. This lesson plan includes two activity sheets that can be used at school or at home.

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Letters & Sounds Activity: Distinguish Between Sounds

A simple activity ideal to use with a small group of children in phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds programme.

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Letters & Sounds Activity: Playing With Songs & Rhymes

A simple activity designed to encourage children to recognise and say the sounds p,b and m.

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Letters and Sounds Book List

A document featuring a list of useful reference books to use as inspiration when teaching the letters and sounds programme.

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Letters and Sounds Introduction & Guidance

This document provides an overview of the letters and sounds programme.

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Letters and Sounds Phase 1 Planning Guidance

This is a comprehensive list of ideas and suggestions for teaching phase 1 of the DFES Letters and Sounds Programme.

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Letters and Sounds Phase 2 Planning Guidance

This is a comprehensive list of ideas and suggestions for teaching phase 2 of the DFES Letters and Sounds Programme.

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Letters and Sounds Phase 3 Planning Guidance

This is a comprehensive list of ideas and suggestions for teaching Phase 3 of the DFES Letters and Sounds Programme.

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Letters and Sounds Phase 4 Planning Guidance

This is a comprehensive list of ideas and suggestions for teaching Phase 4 of the DFES Letters and Sounds Programme. It is a fantastic starting point which you can add to and customise.

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Letters and Sounds Phase 5 Planning Guidance

This is a comprehensive list of ideas and suggestions for teaching Phase 5 of the DFES Letters and Sounds Programme. It is a fantastic starting point which you can add to and customise.

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