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Letters and Sounds FAQs

Which sets or books should I use if I use The Code planning?

We have 3 different series of readers that can all be used separately or at the same time as they all follow the same progression: 

  • L&S Validated Fiction and Non-Fiction books provide a consistent and highly effective approach to teaching phonics. Recently updated in sassoon print. Sold in sets of 8 books.
  • Pocket Rockets are effective fun books or booklets that introduce one phoneme at a time. Sold in sets of 18 or 26 books or 180 booklets.
  • Mog and Gom books also cover one phoneme per book. Children love the continuing story line and development of the characters. Split into 12 units with 6 books per unit.

What is the Mog and Gom selection of resources for?

The Mog and Gom Resources were made to be used with our Letters and Sounds programme. We have split Phases 2 - 5 into 12 Units as starting as it shows pupils a better progression through their learning.   

Why do the other resources have different pictures for sounds?

Some teachers prefer using mnemonic illustrations and patters in their lessons. The illustrations and patters follow the shapes of the letters. We were not able to do this with the original Letters and Sounds photo mnemonics. To ensure fidelity please choose one or the other, do not use a mix of both.

Your online Phase 5b-5e progression is different to the printed version I received with your catalogue?

We have updated our Phase 5b progression so that new spellings are taught as 'Alternative Spellings' not 'Alternative Pronunciations'. We have been careful to keep the same progression so that teachers can still use their existing sets of boxed flash cards. You can download our latest updated guidance here.

We have done this so we can limit the introduction of new spellings to one a day as much as possible while covering all the phonemes outlined in the DfE example progression 2021. A link to how our programme relates to this progression can be viewed here.

Why is your progression different to the DfE example progression?

Our progression covers all the same GPCs as the DfE progression and all the content required for the Phonics Screening Check. We chose our progression in order for us to have as large a vocabulary as possible to choose from in order to write more interesting books. e.g. /ee/ spelt ey is found in many common words so we teach it at Reception Summer 2nd Half instead of Year 1 Spring 1st Half.