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At Over St. John's, we follow the DfE-approved, Monster Phonics Scheme. Monster Phonics is a  whole-class Systematic Synthetic Phonics Scheme with Decodable Books for children in Reception and Key Stage 1. At Over St. John's we use Monster Phonics in Reception and Year 1. From Year 2, children engage in Pathways to Spell. It is also used within school as an intervention for children in Year 2 upwards who require further support.

Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) and blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word. It is a fun way to teach phonics, since it is multi-sensory. Sounds are categorised into ten colour groups, and each colour has a corresponding monster character. 

The colour-coded grapheme system is unique to Monster Phonics; each coloured grapheme is paired with a monster character that makes the same sound to give audio-visual prompts that help children ‘see’ each sound within a word and pronounce it correctly. Our monsters are really sound cues to help children remember how to read and pronounce graphemes correctly.

Meet the monsters and characters from Monster Phonics.

Each session, follows the same five-point structure: review, teach, hook, activity and plenary.