What Is The See Say Write Program?

See Say Write is a simple and effective phonics program that helps young children to read and write. Developed and refined by Isla Iago and Jessie Sullivan, two highly qualified native English primary school teachers, its simplicity is its strength.

60 online lesson videos (totalling 17 hours) and 3 follow-along workbooks, fully structured learning can...

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Where and how is it valuable?

  • At School
  • At Home
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"Structured, affordable, accessible

Early English learning made easy for students and teachers"

At school, the See Say Write phonics program is perfect for...

Curriculum Support



Remote learning

All you need is access to the Internet, a pencil and the three paper workbooks.

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Free Video Lessons

  • 17 hours of first-class lessons across 60 videos, available on demand here
  • No planning needed
  • Lessons led by highly qualified native English teachers; quality guaranteed
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Free Teacher Training

  • 25-minute dedicated teacher-training video, available here
  • Explains how teachers, assistants and volunteers can interact with the videos to maximise student learning
  • Teacher-training video content in written PDF format, available here
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Free Progress Tracker

  • Comprehensive Excel template for tracking children's phonics knowledge across multiple classrooms, available here
  • Explanatory How-To contained within teacher-trainer video
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Free Guidance for School Leaders

  • Written guide to ensure the introduction of See Say Write in school is smooth and easy, available here
  • Contains checklists, planning considerations, email drafts, tips and guidance for streaming students and more
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Free Guidance for Parents (to support homework or remote learning)

  • Parent-specific guidance video, to empower them to maximise their children's learning at home, available here
  • Guidance video content in written PDF, available here
  • Dedicated webpage to explain the program to parents, available here

"Plan less, teach more"

Video Lesson Breakdown

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Recap of previously taught knowledge

After Set 1, each See Say Write video begins with a flashcard revision of sounds and vocabulary taught in previous videos.

This evidence-based learning technique exploits the psychological benefits of 'spaced repetition', cementing information into children's long-term memory.

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Introducing the phonics sound

Children will hear the sound, watch how it is formed, and repeat the sound after the teacher.

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Introducing the letter

Here the children will make the link between the sound and the letter, with plenty of teacher demonstration.

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Children are given set times to practise writing the new letter/s in their workbook.

Handwriting is demonstrated in the video using crystal-clear teacher modelling, encouraging children to work independently.

This is followed by a 'Tick or Fix' segment, which allows children to mark their own work.

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It is important that children are quickly exposed to the sound they are learning in the context of vocabulary.

Each video introduces four vocabulary words formed using the new sound. Words are taught with a picture ensuring children make the correct association.

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Children are taught how to segment the vocabulary into individual sounds, for example "dad" is "d-a-d".

Segmenting words helps children read and spell.

Children are given an opportunity to spell the new vocabulary in the workbooks using the strategies that are modelled in the video.

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Making sentences

Children are then taught how to put the new vocabulary into a sentence.

The sentence is spoken aloud and then modelled with accurate punctuation and spelling.

Children are given the opportunity to write the sentence into their workbooks, embedding their new knowledge.


For teachers, assistants and volunteers using See Say Write for curriculum support or interventions, see our full training video below to learn how to interact with the videos and maximise student learning: