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  • Writer's pictureAnn Sullivan

Phonic Books and me

Updated: Jul 23, 2022

I have always admired and frequently used the excellent decodable readers produced by Phonic Books Ltd. I can still remember the utter delight when, many years ago, I discovered the first Talisman series. My students at the time were mainstream Y7 and 8 pupils and I was a teacher in the learning support department whose sole job was to teach them to read (and spell) so that they could access the secondary curriculum. They loved, loved Talisman.

Many years on, I have published my own programme and Phonic Books have a fantastic range of books to suit all needs and tastes.

Phonic Books and the Phonics for SEN programme both work on basic code (1 to 1 correspondences) then move to adjacent consonants (still at basic code level). Next they introduce advanced code and move on through the complexities variation and overlap in the code. The exact teaching sequence of sound is, sadly, not identical but that is not a barrier to using these readers with the programme and being selective and flexible about when to use them.

Below are tables that show how the books can be used and woven into the Phonics for SEN progression - it's not perfect and is a 'best fit' but it works for me and my pupils. I hope you find that this opens up the options in terms of decodable readers you can use with your pupils.

If you would like a copy of the charts then drop me an email at and I would be happy to send it out to you.

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