How Play Phonics works

Once a week Sammy Sounds visits your school to take pupils on an exciting adventure. Sammy Sounds is from Phonics Land and is friends with all of the sounds. The problem is she has lost all of her sound friends and needs the children’s help to find them.

Over a course of weekly sessions, a talented actor-teacher will visit your school and as the character 'Sammy Sounds', will introduce 2 - 3 sounds each session. Through drama and interactive fun children will be given the tools to blend, segment and decode words.

Play Phonics is a supplementary resource, to be used in conjunction with any other systematic synthetic phonics teaching resource.

The Course Options

  • PHASE 2
    (for Reception)
    This course provides an exciting introduction to all Phase 2 sounds. Children will learn Phase 2 letter/sound correspondences in a memorable interactive style. The sessions also cover letter formation as well lots of fun blending and segmenting.

    Our sessions are designed to encourage a love of letters, words and stories, whilst also building confidence in all things phonics - ready to move on to the digraphs and trigraphs of Phase 3!

    Course Duration: 10 weekly sessions
    Session Duration: 55 minutes
    Max. pupils per session: 30



  • PHASE 3
    (for Reception or Year 1)

    This course covers all Phase 3 sounds. Children will learn Phase 3 letter/sound correspondences using an inspiring multi-sensory approach. The sessions cover letter formation as well as lots of unique, fun and accessible blending and segmenting activities. On top of meeting DfE phonics criteria, all of our sessions develop communication and language skills, physical development and drama and role play experience.

    The sessions are designed to create a secure grounding of Phase 3 sounds ready for children enter the world Phase 4 and 5 phonics as and when they are ready.

    Course Duration: 12 weekly sessions                          
    Session Duration: 1 hour                                    
    Max. pupils per session: 30



  • Year 1 Screening Booster
    This course covers 37 of the Phase 3 and Phase 5 digraphs including all split digraphs. Letter/sound correspondences are taught using a fun and active multi-sensory approach. Children are given the tools to Blend and Segment using unique, playful and digestible techniques (an equal amount of real and pseudo words are covered).
    Most importantly this course is intended to build children's phonic knowledge and support them in becoming confident and motivated readers.
    This course is designed for pupils who might need extra support in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check.

    Course Duration: 14 Sessions                                        
    Session Duration: 1 hour                                   
    Max. pupils per session: 20


All of our sessions are effective as either an introduction or consolidation (it doesn't matter whether or not the sounds have yet been taught in class).


What next? 

Below are the simple steps on how
to benefit from Play Phonics in your school or nursery -


Try it out

Each term we offer a limited number of schools and nurseries a one-off free taster session. See the difference that Play Phonics can make to your pupils' learning without any obligation to book a course. One of our talented actor-teachers will visit your school for a free of charge, one off, fun-packed taster session. See if we have any free tasters available this term by clicking here.


Discuss your needs

If you decide to go ahead and book a course we will discuss your school's particular needs and requirements. This will include your phonics teaching style (so that Play Phonics compliments your classroom work), as well as any particular needs of your pupils. This ensures that your pupils achieve their very best.  


See the benefits

Sit back and enjoy the benefits that Play Phonics will make  to your school. 
The workshops require minimal organisation or set up from your teachers. Your Play Phonics leader will bring everything that they need and can use either the hall, gym, library or spare classroom (depending on group size). At the end of the workshops pupils will be returned to a state of calm, ready to get back to work in the classroom!