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Footy Phonics


Footy Phonics

Communication, Vocabulary, Active learning, Reading, Writing

We know that reading can be challenging for many pupils, and phonics plays a big part in that. Footy Phonics is an active literacy intervention to support children in developing the important skill of understanding phonics. 

We have built this intervention based on current phonics research and programmes. In Footy Phonics, leaders are given the tools to revise and reinforce phonics skills that have been taught in the classroom through football-themed, engaging activities.

The intervention includes a range of supporting material including a leader guide, lesson presentations and grapheme cards. 

Developed by the National Literacy Trust with teachers and subject-specialist experts to ensure it really works in schools, it supports the delivery of the statutory requirements for English Programme of Study in the English and Welsh curricula.

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What resources are in this pack?

Learning outcomes

Pupils will learn to:

  • blend and segment words
  • recognise Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondences, including alternative grapheme-phoneme correspondences
  • decode unfamiliar words.

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Leader guide

Our leader guide is the best place to start; here, you will find advice on how to deliver the programme!


Phase 2

Use the Phase 2 resources to introduce single letters and digraphs.


Phase 3

Use the Phase 3 resources to introduce digraphs, which form vowel sounds.


Phase 5

Use the Phase 5 resources to explore alternative Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondences and polysyllabic words.


Supporting documents

This download contains all the files you need to support with your planning of Footy Phonics.