Magic Belt Series out in September

Hurrah! At last our new series for beginner, struggling readers is at the printers.  It will be ready for pupils in September.  This is a prequel to the Totem series.  It offers a phonic reading scheme for pupils who would benefit from starting a phonic programme from the very beginning but looks like a quest […]

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What are adjacent consonants?

Synthetic Phonics programmes now talk of ‘adjacent consonants’. What are adjacent consonants? Why is it that the letters ‘bl’ in the word ‘black’ are adjacent consonants while ‘ck’ are not?

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‘To blend’ or ‘a blend’? – that is the question

What is the difference between ‘a blend’ (the noun) and ‘to blend’ (the verb)? Now that most schools are getting used to using synthetic phonics programmes some old terms are being dropped and new terms are introduced. So how do we now use the word ‘blend’ as a noun or a verb?

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Totem Series out now!

At last the much awaited Totem Series is out!   Check out this new set of decodable books for older struggling readers. The idea here is to fill in the gaps that older pupils may have in their phonic knowledge.   It has great illustrations and stories and it starts at CVC and CVCC level. There is also a really […]

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