The explicit teaching of letter-sound correspondences is essential to acquire synthetic phonics knowledge, although not sufficient on its own. Analytic phonics – the identification of a whole word (blue) and its consonant blends (br as in bread) – is also essential, as it helps students recognise words that cannot be sounded out (these are often referred to as “sight words” or “frequency words”).

LiteracyPlanet’s missions include activities that develop word automaticity – the ability to recognise and say a word without needing to sound it out. This is achieved through the following Word Building Strategies:

  Word Building Strategies LiteracyPlanet Activities
1 Pre-alphabetic – connecting text to phonemic representation and the meaning of a word in context (Can you see the word cat?) Stubmunk Sentence
2 Partial-alphabetic – connecting some first and last letter sounds (Find the picture with the word you hear.) Sound Train
3 Full alphabetic – connecting all the sounds to the alphabet (Sound out the word you hear.) Monster Chef
4 Consolidated alphabetic – connecting morphemes, syllables, onsets and rimes (Make new words by replacing one letter at a time.) Word Morph
5 Automaticity – repetition of non-phonemic words (Find the word that matches the picture.) Floating Words

Static Words

Memory Game

Feed Word Monster

Stubmunk Sentence

Stubmunk Multiple Choice