Macmillan Explorers Phonics

Phonics reading scheme for young learners

Teaching phonics is recognised educationally as an essential part of the teaching of reading and writing. The Macmillan English Explorers Phonics Reading Series complements the first four levels of the existing Explorers Reading Scheme in a way that will teach children how to sound out words and blend sounds to read words and to segment the sounds in the words in order to accurately spell them.

Each book in the new series has a strong, identifiable phonic focus. The series follows the scope and sequence of phonic skills taught in the existing Explorers Phonic Workbooks. Many of the phonically regular words found at each level in the existing Explorers readers and the Explorers Phonic Workbooks, are re-used in the Phonics Reading Series books and listed at the back of each book. Specific phonic vocabulary is also listed at the back of each book.


G Budgell and Gill Munton

Key Features

  • Fun, engaging narratives
  • Systematic, clearly defined and structured progression of phonics teaching is in line with the existing Phonics Workbooks from the Macmillan English Explorers series
  • The phonics focus is set within the context of a story to ensure that reading for meaning is retained
  • Popular familiar characters from the Macmillan English Explorers series reappear and new contexts and characters are also introduced
  • Detailed Teacher’s Note show how to focus on letters and sounds to support pronunciation, reading and spelling
  • Perfect for use alongside the existing Macmillan English Explorers to add further depth and context, or as a stand-alone phonics reading scheme
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