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Resources for teaching and learning

There are a range of resources to support teachers in using the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books. 

Audio files of the focus sounds are also available online. Listen to these to ensure you are teaching the correct sounds. Correct pronunciation of kupu Maori from each book are also included in the audio recording.

High utility flashcards contain all of the high utility words for each phase. 

Grapheme flashcards can be used interchangeably with manipulatives such as magnetic letters. They can be printed onto light card. They support teachers and children to manipulate letters and create words during the making and breaking part of the lesson. This gives children the opportunity to both read and spell decodable words that contain the letter-sound patterns they are learning. 

Children who have good motor skills could use whiteboards and pens to form the letters and construct the words. 

The manipulatives can also be used in the spelling activity described in the back of each Phonics Plus book.


Phase overviews will be provided for each of the four phases of Phonics Plus. These overviews show the suggested order of the books, and the focus sounds, words to blend, and kupu Māori for each book.

Kākano | Seed Phase overview.





Other resources

Te Whāriki Online: Word play and phonological awareness
Advice about how to encourage language and communication learning. Particularly valuable for developing phonological awareness (recognising and working with the sounds of spoken language).

Te Whāriki Online: Understanding oral language
Describes the relationship between speech, social interaction, early literacy and language and how they contribute to communication.


Te Whāriki Online: Stepping stones in oral language  
Find out about the development of the English language. Stepping stones for young children (2.5–5 years) shows the broad progressions seen in the development of oral language in young children and are still relevant for some children when they start school.

Te Whāriki Online: Expanding vocabulary
Some practical and effective ways to expand vocabulary through providing engaging experience that children can draw on in their communication. 


Te Whāriki Online: Reading and oral language
A description of the important reciprocal relationship between speaking, listening, and reading. 


Te Whāriki Online: Conversations and questions 
Guidance about asking children open-ended questions to support their language development.  

Updated on: 17 May 2023