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Perfect phonics

The new statutory Year 1 phonics screening begins this summer on 18-22 June. Phonic Books has a range of texts from Dandelion Books to help pupils move from phonics phase 2 to 5.

What are they?

Dandelion Launchers consist of 60 books for foundation readers introducing key sounds and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) patterns. Dandelion Readers are 80 books covering phases 3, 4 and 5 that develop pupils' vocabulary with more complex graphemes to build confidence in blending.

Why are they useful?

Each book has plenty of vivid illustrations, a reading game and a practice page. The games help pupils practise blending, identify real words and sort different graphemes. Use the practice page to rehearse sounds and build pupils' confidence in reading. Text is written in a cream-coloured box to help children with visual difficulties. Each series comes with a booklet of teaching notes. For further information, visit

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