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Letterland is validated by the Department for Education (DfE) in England as an effective systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP).

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Letterland Phonics makes learning to read, write and spell fun for both teachers and children. Our wide range of multi-sensory resources have helped teachers all over the world to teach synthetic phonics. Letterland is validated by the Department for Education (DfE) in England as a complete systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme.

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44 sounds
All 44 Sounds

Covers all the major grapheme-phoneme correspondences starting with the s a t p i n teaching order. ¹

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Blending and Segmenting

Blending from left to right all through the word starts after the first four lessons and continues throughout.

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Decodable Reading Support

Decodable word, sentence and reading practice to go with each new sound and spelling taught.

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Engaging and Multi-Sensory

Engaging stories and unique teaching strategies motivate children to read, write and spell confidently.

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Built-in Assessment

Assessment strand built in with basic progress checks and in-depth assessments to monitor your class.

Online & Remote Learning

Many key resources for teachers and children are available online to be accessed anywhere! ²

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1 Latest edition of Phonics Teacher's Guide required.
2 Annual subscription required.

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"Children who received the explicit instruction with...[Letterland] learned almost twice as many letter sounds."

— Roberts, 2021, p.7

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Teaching Scope

Early Years

  • a-z letters (uppercase/lowercase).

  • Long and short vowels a, e, i, o, u.

  • Phonemic awareness.


  • Phonemic awareness.

  • a-z letters in detail (uppercase/lowercase).

  • Adjacent consonants with l, r and s.

  • Final adjacent consonants: -st, -sk, -nd, -nt, -nk.

  • Common consonant digraphs: ff, ll, ss, ck, ng.

  • Consonant digraphs: ch, (tch), sh, th, ph, wh, kn, wr.

  • Long vowels: ā, ē, ī, ō, ū.

  • Vowel digraphs including split digraphs: a_e, ai, ay, e_e, ea, ee, y as e, i_e, igh, ie, y as i, o_e, oa, ow, u_e, ue, oo, ew.

  • R-controlled vowels: ar, or (variant spellings ore, our, oor, oar) er, ir, ur, air, ear.

  • Other vowel sounds: oo, u (as in push), ou, ow, oi, oy, aw, au.

  • Other spelling patterns and suffixes -ve, -ing, -er, -est.

  • Suffix: ed with three sounds /ed/ /d/ /t/. 


  • Word building.

  • Irregular vowels.

  • More advanced digraphs & trigraphs: a (America), able/ible (suffixes), all/al (all/always), are (scare), al/el (musical/angel), ce/ci/cy (soft c stories), ch (school), ed/ing (magic sounds), e (silent), e (they), ei (receive, height, eight), en/est (magic endings), er (sometimes magic), ere (here/there), full/ful (useful), ge/gi/gy (soft g stories), gh (brought, laugh), ie (lie, field), kn (knee), le (table), ly (lovely), less/ness (suffixes), mb/mn (thumb/autumn), o (love/one/who), ous (famous), ph (photograph), que (antique), tion (action), wh (when/who), wr (write) y to i (cry/cries), y (very/bicycle)

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Here is a list of key resources that you will need to start teaching Letterland Phonics at school.


Early Years



Early Years & Primary

  • Phonics Online
    (annual subscription for teachers and students that gives online access to over 500 animations, decodable Phonics Readers, Phonics Games, Cards Tool and a Teacher Toolkit full of useful supporting resources.

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