Narrative driven, multi-sensory phonics

Welcome to Phonics Shed

Phonics Shed is a complete explicit and systematic phonics program that aligns with the Science of Reading. The program covers sound awareness in pre-school and leads into a core phonics curriculum that integrates into Spelling Shed’s complementary SOR spelling system.

Joe is your guide in the Phonics Shed garden and will introduce you to all of our characters. Each character you meet will teach you a new reading sound, or grapheme.

The comprehensive planning and overview documents are accompanied by physical and digital books, flashcards and all the supplementary resources needed to follow a flexible multi-sensory approach. You even get a Joe puppet to introduce to the children and to support your teaching!

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Explicit and Systematic Phonics

Our program provides a systematic way to teach reading through explicit and systematic phonics instruction. Children are taught to decode by breaking down words into sounds as a way to “synthesize” the whole word from letters and sounds. By using our fully-resourced and editable planning sequences, children are taught, through techniques such as our ‘Say It, Stretch It, Sound It,’ and orthographic mapping to decode by breaking down words into sounds as a way to segment and blend (“synthesize“) the whole word with the learning reinforced by our offline and online multi-sensory tasks and games.

How does it work?

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Narrative Driven

Through our original series of storybooks set in the Phonics Shed garden with Joe as a guide, children are introduced to the first 40 most commonly-used high-frequency words and all 44 phonemes of the English language. Each storybook introduces a new character and its associated grapheme phoneme correspondence (GPC) allowing children to develop in their phonics attainment as they get to know the Phonics Shed characters and progress through the series.

Our read-aloud teaching book series comprises 120 stories which are supplied in physical form as part of our Phonics Shed packs and are also available digitally via our websites to display on interactive whiteboards or via screen-share for remote teaching.

In addition to our narrative storybook series, we have a set of decodable readers which span the entire range of the program. In these stories, many familiar characters appear but the words are strictly limited to those that are either decodable by the current stage of learning or are explicitly teachable as partially decodable words.

Multi-sensory Teaching Program

Our curriculum supports Science of Reading research by providing a multi-sensory, explicit, and systematic progression of phonics beginning with sound-making and early reading at pre-school, through the early foundational phonics skills, on to more advanced phonemic patterns, and leads into our complementary Spelling Shed curriculum.

Each lesson includes:

  • A full lesson plan
  • A storybook, including a new character per GPC
  • Grapheme flashcards for recall which also include letter formation phrases for both lower-case and capital letters
  • Songs relating to the character and following a familiar tune
  • An action relating to the character or sound
  • A selection of activities to initiate early writing

It is the combination of these elements that makes our curriculum so powerful. The combination of our systematic approach with so many different "hooks" into learning means children's learning is accelerated.

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Supported by Technology

Our curriculum is a classroom teaching resource strongly supported by online and offline games, resources, and tools. Our narrative book series, decodable books, lesson plans, guidance documents, and training videos are available in digital formats which will allow teachers to display them on a variety of devices, including interactive whiteboards and screencasts, for in-school or at-home learning.

Our planning links to a series of new and original games. The games include the nine key pre-school topics from Chapter 1, such as our online body percussion game. Games support the learning progression through each phase (or chapter) with the game sequences progressing and supporting learning of each grapheme-phoneme correspondence in a variety of ways. Children can access the games as part of in-class phonics teaching, and as independent online activities which can be played in school or at home.

Assessment & Data

As part of all Phonics Shed subscriptions, we provide an easy-to-use assessment tool that acts as a screening for phonics knowledge. The assessment process extends to nonsense words - also called nonwords or pseudowords - and gives detailed reporting to enable teachers to identify gaps in students' phonics knowledge.

Our digital games add another layer of data to the assessment profile, as all in-game responses are automatically marked and populate an intuitive reporting dashboard, allowing teachers to set personalized online tasks or follow up with one-on-one or small group interventions.

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Intervention Program

The curriculum is aligned with the Science of Reading and has in-depth daily lesson plans, original stories, flashcards, and other resources that cover vital pre-reading speaking and listening skills.

The interventions in this program are a condensed version of those lesson plans and resources and each lesson includes multi-sensory instruction and activities that:

  • Support the acquisition of letter-sound correspondences
  • Review previously known GPCs and help connect learning to similar graphemes and/or phonemes
  • Provide a movement for students to associate with each character GPC
  • Allow practice with phonological and phonemic (Chapter 2-4) blending, segmenting, and manipulating
  • Allow writing practice for letter formation and encoding words

Why choose Phonics Shed?

  • Aligns with National and State Standards
  • An all-inclusive phonics curriculum that follows the Science of Reading with explicit and systematic instruction
  • Comprehensive yet adaptable planning and resources for daily direct teaching sessions
  • Cumulatively covers all major grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) in the English language
  • Planning, resources, and games for identifying, blending, segmenting, and manipulating graphemes to sound out and form words
  • Multi-sensory learning tasks
  • Full narrative book series, including songs and letter formation rhymes, and decodable readers for children to practice and apply known phoneme-grapheme correspondences and to encounter high-frequency words
  • Over 100 decodable reading books and numerous games matching children’s phonics acquisition as it progresses
  • Full teacher guidance for delivering the Phonics Shed program online, as well as interventions for catch-up and for children with additional learning needs