YR and Y1 Parents Workshop
Handwriting and Phonics
At St Mary Magdalen's we follow the Monster Phonics scheme.
What is Phonics?
The 26 letters of the alphabet and combinations of these letters make 44 speech
sounds in English. The 44 sounds (phonemes) are spelt by 144 different letter
combinations (graphemes). For example, the sound O is spelt 6 different ways: o
(no), o-e (home), oa (boat), ow (snow), oe (toe) and ou (though).
What is Monster Phonics?
Monster Phonics makes learning to read and spell through phonics easier, by
categorising the 44 sounds into 10 categories and each of these 10 categories are
represented by a Monster. Each Monster is a different colour, and this colour
represents that way of spelling the sound. This makes learning to read and spell
much easier and more fun.
Why does Monster Phonics improve learning?
The child learns through the assignment of colour and the linkage of the sound, as
well as seeing the colour, creating more ways of remembering the spelling.
The games, songs and activities within the programme continuously reflect this way
of learning, so that structure is constantly seen, heard and experienced by your child.
This consistency is critical in ensuring that a complicated language is learnt in the
most simplistic way.
High-frequency words are learnt much faster with Monster Phonics. These words
make up 65% of the words used in reading
1. Once colour-coded, high-frequency words can be taught in easy to learn sets
of similar words. This significantly improves spelling.
2. With colour-coding non-decodable words become decodable. Children are no
longer told that words like ‘they’ and ‘my’ are tricky as they can be decoded.
An example of an eBook, each book has a focus sound and will have colour coding to assist the children's reading.