Monster Phonics

At Nevill Road Infants we follow the Monster Phonics scheme. 

What is Phonics?
The 26 letters of the alphabet and combinations of these letters make 44 speech sounds in English. The 44 sounds (phonemes) are spelt by 144 different letter combinations (graphemes). For example, the sound O is spelt 6 different ways: o (no), o-e (home), oa (boat), ow (snow), oe (toe) and ou (though).

What is Monster Phonics?
Monster Phonics makes learning to read and spell through phonics easier, by categorising the 44 sounds into 10 categories and each of these 10 categories are represented by a Monster.  Each Monster is a different colour, and this colour represents that way of spelling the sound.  This makes learning to read and spell much easier and more fun.

Why does Monster Phonics improve learning?
The child learns through the assignment of colour and the linkage of the sound, as well as seeing the colour, creating more ways of remembering the spelling.  The games, songs and activities within the programme continuously reflect this way of learning, so that structure is constantly seen, heard and experienced by your child. This consistency is critical in ensuring that a complicated language is learnt in the most simplistic way. 

High-frequency words are learnt much faster with Monster Phonics. These words make up 65% of the words used in reading

1. Once colour-coded, high-frequency words can be taught in easy to learn sets of similar words. This significantly improves spelling.

2. With colour-coding non-decodable words become decodable. Children are no longer told that words like ‘they’ and ‘my’ are tricky as they can be decoded.

For more information about Home Learning with Monster Phonics and more information/ resources please go to: 


Monster Phonics eBooks

Alongside the reading for pleasure books, and the phonetically decodable books that children take home to read every week, Teachers also post a weekly Monster Phonics eBook onto Tapestry.  To access this book, you must firstly set up an account with Monster Phonics by following this link:

Please note that only the School’s address should be entered when prompted, not your personal home address.

The eBooks are carefully linked to children’s phonics learning, and only cover previously learned phonemes (sounds).  Reading this eBook regularly at home is an important part of children’s learning, and supports them with practicing their decoding skills in order to become successful readers.


Here are some links to support you at home with your phonics learning.

Introduction to Monsters

Monster Phonics Parent Webinar

Pure Sounds

Files to Download

Together Everyone Achieves More

Student Login