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Introductory Series
English Readers


With the government’s new CAPS document, PHONICS gains huge importance, even more than before – and not before time.
“In a study in the UK, it was found that pupils in primary schools in Scotland were two years ahead of their English counterparts. The difference? In Scotland, there was a big emphasis on PHONICS, while in Engand there wasn’t. In England, it is now national policy to teach 20 MINUTES OF PHONICS A DAY in the foundation phase.’
What should you be doing?

  • Teach phonics daily (see our timetabling suggestion)
  • Teach it beyond grade 3 – keep on into the higher primary school until your children know ALL their sounds


Ant Books Phonics Workbooks
“Pocket Ants” Phonics booklets
“Sounds Wild” Phonics Reader Series
“PUNOS” – the phonics game

These come in several levels, to use from pre-grade 1 to grade 7.
-  My ABCs – initial sounds
- Phonics – the vowel sounds
- Phonics Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 workbooks

From grade 2 to grade 7.

3. “SOUNDS WILD” Phonics Reader Series
12 delightfully illustrated readers that put phonics into context – all stories set in the Kruger Park to stimulate interest.

4. “PUNOS” the phonics game
Loved by children from grade 4 to 7 – “phonics made fun”

The aim…

To help entrench these English sounds, in order to help with both reading and spelling.

And the name?

One of my grade 7 pupils came to ask me one day if he and his friends could play ‘punos’.  “What are you talking about?” I asked him.  He grinned – and turned my board upside down.  The word ‘sound’ is ‘punos’, upside down!  And it stuck.

How it’s played

4 pupils can comfortably sit around the board.  According to the throw of the die, they move their counter, and when they land, collect either a ‘word’ or a ‘sound’ card.  The ‘word’ cards have the sound left out, and the ‘sound’ card fits neatly into this gap.  But of course, not all the sounds fit into every word – and that’s where they will begin to develop a good knowledge of the sounds – by experimenting, and trying different ‘sounds’ in different ‘words’.  There is a laminated check list of every possible word, so that they or a friend can verify their word.


We make it fun by adding ‘penalties’ – such as singing all the sounds on the table to the tune of ‘baa baa black sheep’!  No, this is not a quiet game!  There is also the instruction to ‘all move one place to the right…’, which will bring cries of delight or groans, depending on the new set of cards they inherit.  Another penalty will instruct them to ‘give a sound card to another player’ – and they soon learn to get rid of the more unusual sounds!

Teachers, please note:

You will need more than one board.  EVERYONE will want to play, and as it can get a little loud – with the singing and laughing – it is best to let everyone play at the same time!

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