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Bug Club Phonics

Bug Club Phonics gives you everything you need to teach synthetic phonics, combining a whole-class teaching program on the ActiveLearn Primary platform, with 100% decodable books to deliver results

Bug Club Phonics on ActiveLearn Primary

  • Comprehensive lesson plans with tips which follow phonic phases and include embedded assessment and consolidation.
  • Video animations featuring Cbeebies Alphablock characters, and activities for the interactive whiteboard to deliver effective teaching for each sound.
  • Online access to engaging, fully decodable eBooks and games you can allocate to your class, group or individual.
  • Each fiction and non-fiction reader includes audio narration to assist with pronunciation when children are reading independently or at home.
  • Track every student’s reading progress with embedded ebook quizzes which focus on assessing phonic knowledge and encourage even the most reluctant readers.
  • Online games and mock tests which can also be used to help students prepare for the Year 1 phonics screening test.
  • Photocopiable worksheets, assessments and more.
  • Classroom resources including tutorial videos, guides and more.


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Bug Club Phonics readers

  • Bug Club Phonics consists of 134 deliberately constructed, 100% phonically decodable texts supporting the explicit teaching of synthetic phonics at Emergent and Early stages.
  • The readers are grouped in a developing order based on the order of sounds introduced in synthetic phonics programs.
  • Detailed notes are provided inside each title to support teachers and instruction.
  • The readers have been edited by Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson
  • Based on a seven-year study in Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom, the texts are deliberately constructed, phonically decodable, and both fun and engaging.
  • Each fiction and non-fiction levelled reader is also available in print and as an eBook. 
  • There are also 31 phonic fiction readers in print format. With colourful illustrations to engage Emergent and Early readers, these broadband levelled titles are ideal for practising and consolidating the phonics skills introduced in the Bug Club Phonics Readers.


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