Songbirds phonic reading scheme

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Stage 1+

Matches a sound to one letter. Teaches the short vowel sounds and all consonants except x and q

More Stage 1+

These books revise all the phonics taught in Stage 1+, i.e. matching a sound to one letter and covering the short vowel sounds and the consonants except for x and q (though the final book introduces x).

Stage 2

Matches a sound to one letter or more than one letter. Teaches two consonants making one sound; double consonants (ll, zz, ff, ss) and th, sh, ch, wh, ck, ng. Teaches qu, x, and revises short vowels and consonants.

More Stage 2

These books revise the phonics taught in Stage 2, i.e. x, qu, ll, zz, ff, zz, th, sh, ch, wh, ck, ng, and include further revision of Stage 1+ short vowels and consonants.

Stage 3

Teaches words with consonant clusters making more than one sound, and revises ck, x, qu, th, ch, sh, wh, ll, ff, ss, zz, and all short vowels and consonants learnt in Stages One and Two.

More Stage 3

These books revise all the phonics learnt in stages 1-3: the short vowel sounds a, e, i, o and u; consonants and double consonants; two consonants making one sound th, sh, ch, wh, ng, ck; and consonant clusters making more than one sound at beginning and ends of words (e.g. elf, lift). In addition, one letter pattern for each of the common long vowels sounds is taught:  ee (as in three), ie (as in tie), oa (as in toad), ai (as in train) oo (as in too and also as in good).

Stage 4

These books introduce all the common spelling patterns of the following long vowel sounds:
ee (tree, sea, jelly, he)
ie (tie, why, night, mine, diving)
oa (boat, home, bowl, no)
ai (rain, day, make, raven)

In addition, the spelling patterns wr and kn are taught.

More Stage 4

These books revise the long vowel sounds and spelling patterns taught in Stage 4, and all the short vowels and consonants taught in previous stages. Book 6 also features oo as in food.

Stage 5

These books introduce all the common spelling patterns of the following long vowel sounds:
ue (as in blue) with the letter patterns  oo, ew, ue, u-e, o
oo (as in look) with the letter patterns oo, u, oul
ow (as in down) with the letter patterns ow, ou
oi (as in join) with the letter patterns oi, oy

Additionally, they teach the soft ce/ci sound (as in dance/cinema), and er (as in sister).

 

Stage 6

This stage introduces the vowel sounds ar (as in star), au (as in August), ur (as in fur), air (as in hair), ar (as in star), ear (as in near), and ure (as in pure). Book 6 teaches the soft g/dge letter patterns (as in giant/bridge), and the ea (as in tread) spelling pattern.


Stage 1+

Teaches the short vowel sounds and all consonants except x and q

  1. TOP CAT

    Illustrated by Joelle Dreiderny
    isbn 9780198387923

    A cartoon-style story of two rival cats
    Focus phonics: short vowels a and o; consonants m, c, t,  p)

  2. SAM’S POT

    Illustrated by Pauline Stewart
    isbn 9780198387930

    A toddler and a cat create chaos
    New phonics: s and g, plus revision of a, o, m, c, t, p
     

  3. BOB BUG

    isbn 9780198387947
    Illustrated by Deborah Allwright

    A story about night-time fears
    New phonics: short vowels i and u; consonants b, f, d, h, l, r,
    Plus revision of a, o, m, c, t, p, s and g

  4. DIG, DIG, DIG!

    isbn  9780198387954
    Illustrated by Andy Hammond

    Tim and his dog dig for treasure
    New phonics: n
    Plus revision of a, o, i, u, b, f, d, h, l, r, m, c, t, p, s and g

  5. ZAK AND THE VET

    Illustrated by Alan Marks
    isbn 9780198387961

    A disobedient dog is hit by a van
    New phonics: short vowel e; consonants v, w, y, z, j, k
    Plus revision of a, o, i, u, n, b, f, d, h, l, r, m, c, t, p, s and g

  6. MUM BUG’S BAG

    isbn  9780198387978
    Illustrated by Deborah Allwright

    A cumulative story about a shopping trip
    Revision of  short vowel sounds e, i, u, a, o, and consonants.

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More Stage 1+

These books revise all the phonics taught in Stage 1+, i.e. matching a sound to one letter and covering the short vowel sounds and the consonants except for x and q (though the final book introduces x).

  1. CAT NAPS

    Illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
    isbn 9780198388029

    Another story of cat rivalry featuring the two cats from TOP CAT in Stage 1+.
    Focus phonics: a, b, c, d, e, g, h, i, k, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, v, w, y

  2. PEN FUN

    Illustrated by Judy Brown
    isbn 9780198388050

    A classroom story full of cumulative adjectives
    Focus phonics: a, b, d, e, f, g, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, v, w, z

  3. THE BIG COD

    Illustrated by Andy Hammond
    isbn 9780198388012

    A fishing story featuring Tim from DIG, DIG, DIG! in Stage 1+
    Focus phonics: a, b, c, d, e, g, i, m, n, o, r, s, t, u, w, y

  4. THE PINS AND THE PEGS

    Illustrated by Jenny Williams
    isbn 9780198388067

    The pins and the pegs come to life while their owner sleeps
    Focus phonics: a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, v

  5. IS IT?

    Illustrated by Deborah Allwright, Joelle Dreidemy, Andy Hammond and Alan Marks
    isbn 9780198388036

    A quiz book featuring various characters from Stage 1+
    Focus phonics: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, j, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, v, w, y

  6. MIX MIX MIX

    Illustrated by Deborah Allwright
    isbn 9780198388043

    Bob Bug (met previously in Stage 1+) is let loose in the kitchen
    Focus phonics: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, x, y

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Stage Two

Matches a sound to one letter or more than one letter. Teaches two consonants making one sound; double consonants (ll, zz, ff, ss) and th, sh, ch, wh, ck, ng. Teaches qu, x, and revises short vowels and consonants.

  1. THE ODD PET

    Illustrated by Judy Brown
    isbn 9780198388104

    It’s not a cat. It’s not a dog. It’s a zog!
    Revision of short vowels e, i, u, a, o,  and consonants s, m, c, t, g, p, r, l, d, b, f, h, v, y, z, j, n, k

  2. MISS! MISS!

    Illustrated by Ross Collins
    isbn 9780198388111

    A story about a harassed teacher
    New phonics: ll, ss, ff, zz, plus revision of short vowels and consonants

  3. THIS AND THAT

    Illustrated by Andy Hammond
    isbn 9780198388128

    A boy makes a DIY rabbit
    New phonics: sh, ch, th, plus revision of short vowels and consonants; introduces some two-syllable words

  4. FISH AND CHIPS

    Illustrated by Jonathan Allen
    isbn 9780198388135

    Ron Rabbit is fed up with his job as a waiter
    New phonics: wh, plus revision of sh, ch, th, and short vowels and consonants

  5. SINGING DAD

    Illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi
    isbn  9780198388142

    A rhyming story about a jolly but irritating father
    New phonics: ng, plus revision of ll, ff, sh, ch, th, and short vowels and consonants

  6. DOCTOR DUCK

    Illustrated by Deborah Allwright
    isbn 9780198388159

    “Come quick! Bob Bug is sick!”
    New phonics: ck, x, qu, plus revision of ng and short vowels and consonants

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More Stage Two

These books revise the phonics taught in Stage 2, i.e. x, qu, ll, zz, ff, zz, th, sh, ch, wh, ck, ng, and include further revision of Stage 1+ short vowels and consonants.

  1. MR ZED

    Illustrated by Anni Axworthy
    isbn 9780198388203

    A conjuror comes to Patrick’s party
    Revision of Stages 1+ and 2 phonics, especially: ll, ff, zz, sh, th, ng, ck, x, qu, wh

  2. THE OX AND THE YAK

    Illustrated by Thomas Docherty
    isbn 9780198388227

    A rhyming story about a strange journey
    Revision of Stages 1+ and 2 phonics, especially: ch, th, ng, ck, x, qu
  3. THE DOLL IN THE BIN

    Illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
    isbn 9780198388210

    The bin men come, and Beth thinks she’ll never see her doll again
    Revision of Stages 1+ and 2 phonics, especially: ll, ss, ff, sh, th, wh, ng, ck, x

  4. ANIMAL QUIZ

    Illustrated by Carol Liddiment
    isbn 9780198388173

    A simple quiz book
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+ and 2, especially: ll, zz, sh, ch, th, ff, wh, ng, ck, x, qu
  5. THE SEVEN KIDS

    Illustrated by Andy Hammond
    isbn 9780198388234

    A traditional folk tale
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+ and 2, especially: ll, ff, sh, th, ck, x, qu

  6. RON RABBIT'S EGG

    Illustrated by Jonathan Allan
    isbn 9780198388241

    A “Don’t count your chickens” story
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+ and 2, especially: ll, zz, sh, ch, tch, th, wh, ng, ck, x

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Stage Three

Teaches words with consonant clusters making more than one sound, and revises ck, x, qu, th, ch, sh, wh, ll, ff, ss, zz, and all short vowels and consonants learnt in Stages One and Two.

  1. THE BIG MATCH

    Illustrated by Chris Mould
    isbn 9780198388289

    Can Rick Duck win the big match or will Max Fox fix him?
    New phonics: tch, plus revision of ng, ck, x, qu and all short vowels and consonants from Stages One and Two

  2. THE SHOPPING LIST

    Illustrated by Anni Axworthy
    isbn 9780198388296

    A mix-up in a department store
    New phonics: words with consonant clusters at the end, e.g bank, held, list, lift, belt, golf, lamp, milk

  3. GRAN IS CROSS

    Illustrated by Ross Collins
    isbn 9780198388302

    The twins bring a frog to visit Gran
    New phonics: words with two consonants at the beginning e.g. twins, Gran, bring, pram, frog, steps, black, spills, drink, cloth, cross, glad, smash, stop, plus revision of consonant clusters at the end of words

  4. THE TRUNK AND THE SKUNK

    Illustrated by Woody
    isbn 9780198388319

    A mammoth sniffs something bad.
    Phonics: more practice of words with consonant clusters at the beginning and/or end, e.g. trunk, skunk

  5. THE SCRAP ROCKET

    Illustrated by Jonathan Allen
    isbn 9780198388326

    Will Ron Rabbit’s scrap rocket lift off?
    New phonics: triple consonants at beginning of words, e.g. scrap, string, spring, splash, plus revision of shorter consonant clusters

  6. SPLASH AND SQUELCH

    Illustrated by Pauline Stewart
    isbn 9780198388333

    Let’s splash in the pond, squelch in the mud and spring like squirrels!
    Phonics: revision of words with consonant clusters at the beginning and/or end

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More Stage 3

These books revise all the phonics learnt in stages 1-3: the short vowel sounds a, e, i, o and u; consonants and double consonants; two consonants making one sound th, sh, ch, wh, ng, ck; and consonant clusters making more than one sound at beginning and ends of words (e.g. elf, lift). In addition, one letter pattern for each of the common long vowels sounds is taught:  ee (as in three), ie (as in tie), oa (as in toad), ai (as in train) oo (as in too and also as in good).

  1. RON RABBIT’S BIG DAY

    Illustrated by Jonathan Allen
    isbn 9780198388371

    Ron gets a new job – and a medal.
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2 and 3, plus letter pattern ee as in see

  2. THE WISHING ELF

    Illustrated by Anni Axworthy
    isbn 9780198388388

    An elf comes to school and gives everyone a wish
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2 and 3, plus letter pattern ie as in tie

  3. BOB  BUG AND THE INSECT CLUB

    Illustrated by Deborah Allwright
    isbn 9780198388395

    You have to have six legs to be in Bob’s club.
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2 and 3, plus letter pattern oa as in toad

  4. WHERE IS THE SNAIL?

    Illustrated by Kay Widdowson
    isbn 9780198388401

    Can you spot the snail in every picture?
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2 and 3, plus letter pattern ai as in snail

  5. STOP CHATTING, BILL

    Illustrated by Ross Collins
    isbn 9780198388418

    Will Miss Hill succeed in silencing the chattiest boy in her class?
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2 and 3, plus letter pattern oo as in too

  6. BACK TO BED

    Illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
    isbn 9780198388425

    A story about two demanding twins and their babysitter
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2 and 3, plus letter pattern oo as in good

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Stage 4

These books introduce all the common spelling patterns of the following long vowel sounds:
Ee (tree, sea, jelly, he), Ie (tie, why, night, mine, diving), Oa (boat, home, bowl, no), Ai (rain, day, make, raven)

In addition, the spelling patterns wr and kn are taught.

  1. QUEEN ANNEENA’S FEAST

    Illustrated by Melanie Williamson
    isbn 9780198388463

    Fifteen Queens tuck in, but what will Queen Teeny Weeny eat?
    New phonics: ee (as in three), with letter patterns ee, ea, y and e)

  2. SPIKE SAYS

    Illustrated by Teresa Murfin
    isbn 9780198388470

    Spike says he can drive, dive, fight fires and feed wild lions!
    New phonics: ie (as in tie) with letter patterns igh, y, ie, i-e and i

  3. THE WRONG KIND OF KNIGHT

    Illustrated by Melanie Williamson
    isbn 9780198388487

    Nasim likes reading, writing and knitting. Can he fight the dragon?
    New phonics: kn and wr, plus revision of long vowel sounds ee (letter patterns ee, ea, y, e) and ie (letter patterns igh, y, ie, i-e and i)

  4. MOAN, MOAN, MOAN!

    Illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi
    isbn 9780198388494

    A rhyming story about a moany mum
    New phonics: oa (as in boat) with letter oa, ow, o-e and o

  5. THE SNAKE AND THE DRAKE

    Illustrated by Jenny Williams
    isbn 9780198388500

    Can Drake play a trick to escape from Snake?
    New phonics: ai (as in train) with letter ai, ay, a-e, a

  6. TADPOLES

    Illustrated by Susie Thomas
    isbn 9780198388517

    A factual account of how tadpoles turn into frogs.
    Phonics: revision of the long vowel sounds and spelling patterns learnt in the other Stage 4 books

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More Stage 4

These books revise the long vowel sounds and spelling patterns taught in Stage 4, and all the short vowels and consonants taught in previous stages. Book 6 also features oo as in food.

  1. THE RED MAN AND THE GREEN MAN

    Illustrated by Andy Parker
    isbn 9780198388555

    The men from the traffic lights go on holiday
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2, 3 and 4

  2. PIRATES

    Illustrated by Matt Buckingham
    isbn 9780198388562

    Pirate Jack and Pirate Jade both want the gold. Who will win?
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2, 3 and 4

  3. TAILS

    Illustrated by Illustrated by Carol Liddiment
    isbn 9780198388579

    A non-fiction book about animal and bird tails
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2, 3 and 4

  4. PEN-PALS

    Illustrated by Alison Bartlett
    isbn 9780198388586

    Will Joan be happy when she comes to stay with Megan?
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2, 3 and 4

  5. MY CAT

    Illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi
    isbn 9780198388593

    A rhyming story about a cat who stops a girl from writing a poem
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2, 3 and 4

  6. TIM’S BAD MOOD

    Illustrated by Andy Hammond
    isbn 9780198388609

    A rhyming story about a bad day
    Revision of phonics from Stages 1+, 2, 3 and 4, plus oo as in food

     

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Stage 5

These books introduce all the common spelling patterns of the following long vowel sounds:
ue (as in blue) with the letter patterns  oo, ew, ue, u-e, o
oo (as in look) with the letter patterns oo, u, oul
ow (as in down) with the letter patterns ow, ou
oi (as in join) with the letter patterns oi, oy

Additionally, they teach the soft ce/ci sound (as in dance/cinema), and er (as in sister).
  1. SUE KANGAROO

    Illustrated by Daniel Postgate
    isbn 9780198388647

    A rhyming story about a kleptomaniac kangaroo
    New phonics: ue (as in blue) with the letter patterns  oo, ew, ue, u-e, o

  2. THE CINDERELLA PLAY

    Illustrated by Ross Collins
    isbn 9780198388654

    Cinderella’s slipper is lost in the school play
    New phonics: er (as in over), ce (as in prince), ci (as in cinema)

  3. USMAN’S BOOKS

    Illustrated by Martin Chatterton
    isbn 9780198388661

    What would happen if Usman could step inside one of his books?
    New phonics: oo (as in look) with the letter patterns oo, u, oul

  4. THE UPSIDE-DOWN BROWNS

    Illustrated by Sam McCullen
    isbn 9780198388678

    Find out about the funny goings-on in the round house
    New phonics: ow (as in down) with the letter patterns ow, ou

  5. LEROY

    Illustrated by Jess Mikhail
    isbn 9780198388685

    Who pops my bubbles and puts coins down the toilet? It’s my annoying little brother, Leroy.
    New phonics: oi (as in join) with the letter patterns oi, oy, le (as in middle)

  6. NO MILK TODAY

    Illustrated by Jenny Williams
    isbn 9780198388692

    The jug is empty. How can Mrs Green feed her cat?
    Phonics: revision of these long vowel sounds
    ee (letter pattern ee, NO EA SO CUTea, y, e)
    ie (letter pattern y, i-e, I)
    ai (letter pattern ay, a-e, a)
    oe (letter pattern ow, o-e, o)
    ue (letter pattern oo, o)
    oo (letter pattern oo, oul)
    ow (letter pattern ow, ou)
    oi (letter pattern oi)

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Stage 6

This stage introduces the vowel sounds ar (as in star), au (as in August), ur (as in fur), air (as in hair), ar (as in star), ear (as in near), and ure (as in pure). Book 6 teaches the soft g/dge letter patterns (as in giant/bridge), and the ea (as in tread) spelling pattern.

  1. TARA’S PARTY

    Illustrated by Ross Collins
    isbn 9780198388739

    Tara has a party but Martha won’t pass the parcel
    New phonics: ar (as in far)

  2. PAULA THE VET

    Illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy
    isbn 9780198388746

    A rhyming story about a vet who is getting bored with seeing dogs and cats all morning 
    New phonics: au (as in August), with additional letter patterns  or (as in thorn), aw (as in paw), ore (as in sore), oor (as in door) aur (as in dinosaur), a (as in all)

  3. WHERE WERE YOU, BERT?

    Illustrated  by Richard Watson
    isbn 9780198388753

    “You’re late, Bert! Where were you?” Bert always has the perfect excuse
    New phonics: ur (as in fur) with additional letter patterns er, ir, ur and ear

  4. CLARE AND THE FAIR

    Illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi
    isbn 9780198388760

    Two poems. Come to the fair, and meet Clare and her bear
    New phonics:  air (as in hair) with additional letter patterns are, ear

  5. THE DEER AND THE EARWIG

    Illustrated by Scoular Anderson
    I hear with my little ear . . . A poem and a story

    isbn 9780198388777
    New phonics:  ear (as in near), with additional letter patterns eer, ere

  6. JACK AND THE GIANTS

    Illustrated by Martin Chatterton
    isbn 9780198388784

    A play about a family of giant tourists
    New phonics: ure (as in pure and also as in picture); soft g/dge (as in giant/bridge); ea (as in tread)
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