AUTHOR: Gill Budgell

Pip’s Phonics is based on the synthetic phonics used in English-speaking countries to teach children the basic skills of reading and writing. The process teaches children the relationship between letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes) for reading, spelling and writing. The word ‘synthetic’ refers to the process of identifying, sounding out and then synthesising or blending the sounds in a word from left to right in order to read it. This enables learners to decode print to speech.

In English speech, there are 44 phonemes but only 26 letters in the alphabet to represent these sounds in writing. Unlike most languages, English uses many alternative spellings for a sound as well as many letters which may be pronounced in more than one way. Pip’s Phonics ensures that children become familiarised with some of these associations, rules and anomalies in order to crack the code for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 Letters and sounds are not taught from A to Z. In synthetic phonics, it is instead crucial that a sequence of letters and sounds is taught in an order that quickly allows learners to use their phonic knowledge and skills to read and write. In Pip’s Phonics, we begin by teaching ‘s’, ‘i’ and ‘t’ followed by ‘p’, ‘a’ and ‘n’ so that many simple consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words may be read at an early stage.

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Student's Book 1 Sample
Student's Book 2 Sample
Student's Book 3 Sample


Student's Book

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Teacher's Book 1 Sample
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Teacher's Book 3 Sample


Teacher's Resource Book
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An exciting classroom tool integrating all of the Pip’s Phonics teaching and learning materials into a single format to facilitate lesson-planning. This fully interactive resource provides you with alternative and innovative ways to approach the course content. Using it on the interactive whiteboard (IWB) is guaranteed to really bring learning alive!

The Pip’s Phonics i-book contains the Student’s Book, the Teacher’s Resource Book, interactive flashcards and pop-outs as well as the readers. Audio material and teacher’s notes are available at the click of a button. Quick links to video material clearly illustrating how to pronounce each sound and the animated grapheme guides to show letter formation provide the perfect visual aid to support your phonics teaching.


The flashcards are available from the Pip’s Phonics i-Book and may be projected or printed out. They are divided into four different types:

  • Jingle flashcards
  • Sound flashcards
  • Decodable word cards
  • Picture flashcards


The Pip’s Phonics Action Frieze is a useful tool to help the children remember the sounds using TPR (total physical response). The actions presented on the Pip’s Phonics Action Frieze are based on the course jingles and they promote fine and gross motor skill development as well as serving as a fantastic mnemonic for learning the sounds in a fun way.

In order to maximize learning opportunities,
all the action pictures can be both projected
individually on the IWB and printed in full colour or as a line-drawing. Each sound can be viewed with or without the corresponding letter(s). The audio for each sound is also available at the click of a button!

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