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Letters and Sounds: Principles and practice of high quality phonics

Publication date:
Mar 2007
Early years foundation stage practitioner, Education adviser, Headteacher, Inclusion staff, Lead intervention teacher, Senior leadership team (SLT), Subject leader, Teacher
Assessment resources, Continuing professional development (CPD), Good practice, Guidance, Leadership, Management resources, Planning resources, Programmes of study, Training materials, Guidance, Initial teacher training (ITT), Intervention, Letters and sounds, Teaching and learning
Pack, Key document, Key resource, Teaching notes


This publication is available in a ZIP file (4.1 MB). (The contents of this zip file can be downloaded from the attachments area to the right.)

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Letters and Sounds has been developed in line with the DCSF core criteria for phonics, which determines systematic, high quality phonics work. It builds on the Progression and Pace document and replaces Progression in Phonics and Playing with Sounds. For further information on phonics, please visit the Phonics website.

The Principles and practice of high quality phonics pack consists of materials designed to assist practitioners and teachers in promoting speaking and listening skills so that, by the end of Key Stage 1, children have developed fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling and letter writing.

The Principles and practice of high quality phonics pack includes ‘notes of guidance’. which form an introduction to Letters and Sounds and are intended to help practitioners and teachers use the programme effectively. Guidance on the principles of the 'Six-phase Teaching Programme' is included, together with some frequently asked questions.

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  • elsa70 8.54 pm, 3rd January 2010

    It is fantastic to be able to have this handy on my computer instead of having to remember to pick up the paper booklet at home time!! Thank you!

  • localhero 3.47 pm, 30th November 2010

    where can I get a copy of this booklet for the pre-school i work in i dont want to download it down to my own personal computer...can I get a hard copy from the dept? Thank you

    • The National Strategies 11.26 am, 1st December 2010

      Hello there,

      Thanks for your comment. The booklet appears to be available for download only but I will check with my customer service colleagues. For information, the individual sections that make up this pack can be downloaded separately from the Attachments block on the right-hand side.

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  • lcmarrio 2.58 am, 22nd January 2011

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