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Gatehouse Books: teaching reading with phonics

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Teaching reading with phonics

Teaching reading with phonics: choose the right programme for one-to-one or group teaching, with special offers on all our phonics-based reading programmes. All books can be purchased individually or in packs.

Yes We Can Read: Teacher’s Pack

Yes We Can Read Teacher's Pack

£240.00 £199.00

Yes We Can Read is our award-winning one-to-one phonics reading programme for learners from age 8 to adult. The coach is guided through the whole process of teaching someone to read – from teaching individual phonic sounds, to blending sounds, building words and sentences… and on to reading fluency for the learner.

The Yes We Can Read: Teacher’s Pack comprises:

6  x  Yes We Can Read books
1  x  Yes We Can Read Readers Set
1  x  Yes We Can Read Poster
6  x  Yes We Can Read Certificates


Sound Reads: Complete Pack

Sound Reads Complete Pack

£225.00 £200.00

Sound Reads is a series of books written for older beginner readers. The books are graded to support a synthetic phonic approach to teaching reading. The complete pack comprises 3 sets of 10 reading books (30 in total) plus 3 sets of Workout activities (3 PDFs).

Books in Set 1 use words that have phonically regular letter sounds including double letters and sh, ch and th.

In Set 2, readers will read words that use phonically regular letter sounds and letter combinations such as: ay, ai, ee, ea, oa, ow and ar.

In Set 3, readers will be confident with all single letter sounds and also letter combinations such as: ay, ai, ee, ea, oa, ow, ar, er and ir. They should also be familiar with long vowel sounds including those using the final e such as: made, eve, pipe, hope, cube. Word endings and multi-syllable words are also used.

Each book enables learners to consolidate their phonics skills and to practise a growing range of everyday (often irregular) words. A small number of more challenging, new words are listed at the beginning of each book. It is recommended that learners become familiar with these at the start.

Reinforcement activities are available for each book as a Workout.


King Street

King Street Complete Pack

King Street is an integrated, structured phonics reading programme for adult and teenage learners which can be used by trained teachers as well as volunteer and support staff. This carefully graded reading scheme provides opportunities for practice in all the underpinning skills necessary to produce a competent reader.

The King Street Complete Collection consists of 4  sets of books (35 books in total) and 4 accompanying sets of exercises (4 PDFs). In addition there is the opportunity for the teacher to record phonological assessment and ongoing progress using the assessment sheets.

Each book features one house on King Street and its inhabitants. The books are illustrated. They are short and designed to be read in one session. The accompanying exercises may be completed over several weeks.

Great care has been taken to ensure that they are largely phonetically regular. High frequency and irregular words are introduced gradually. Care has been taken to link, wherever possible, the vocabulary and sounds introduced to the recommended structure of the literacy strategy. Because of the adult nature of the books, there is inevitably some vocabulary linked to adults learners’ life experiences. 

Sound Reads and KING STREET are also available in digital format via Browns BFS and major digital library suppliers and retailers.


More on teaching reading with phonics

You may also be interested in the Post-16 Phonics Approaches Toolkit, which is designed to support practitioners exploring the use of phonics approaches with post-16 learners. The toolkit introduces resources created specifically for adult learners, explains how to put post-16 phonics approaches into practice in different settings, and explores how to adjust pace and sequence.

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