Building phonics skills

Phonics is a method of teaching reading through letter-sound recognition. It involves developing phonemic awareness, which is understanding single sound units called phonemes and the letters or letter groups (graphemes) that represent them.

LiteracyPlanet supports the development of phonemic awareness by providing primary school children with activities that develop their understanding of letter-sound (grapheme/phoneme) correspondences – how letters and combinations of letters make up particular sounds and words in the English language.

Content structure

Every Phonics exercise includes a Learn, Practice, Test component to develop and optimise phonemic awareness. These activities are designed to provide students with the explicit, systematic, and synthetic teaching they need to sound out and pronounce words when reading at the primary school level.

Each activity develops the phonological skills that are essential for recognising and producing whole words, and includes all 44 phonemes of the English language, represented by 26 letters of the alphabet in multiple grapheme combinations. More information can be found here.


Instructional videos that introduce one concept at a time.


Practice activities to help identify phoneme/grapheme correspondences.


Assessment of each phoneme and their associated graphemes.

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Strand: Phonics

Learning Level: Foundation

Type: Practice (Stubmunk Slam)

Curriculum outline: Single Sound 's'

Strand: Phonics

Learning Level: Year 1

Type: Practice (Monster Chef)

Curriculum outline: The 'au' sound (Phonics mission)

Strand: Phonics

Learning Level: Year 1

Type: Learn (The 'oo' (moon) sound)

Curriculum outline: The 'oo' (moon) sound (Phonics mission)

Key literacy strands

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