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Here are some links to websites where you can play games to develop your child's phonic skills. At the bottom of this page, there are some documents which are always given out during our phonics workshop. Feel free to download them here if you need an extra copy!


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Phase 1

Phase one of phonics is all about encouraging children to practise their listening skills by 'tuning in'. We spend a lot of time at the beginning of Reception developing these skills. If children haven't developed these skills and move too quickly into looking at letters and sounds, this can cause problems with their phonics later on.

If your child has trouble hearing sounds within words, finds it tricky to tell you what the first/last sound in a word like 'cat' or 'pig' when you say it slowly or break it into each sound, try practising their phase one skills by playing these games: 













Phase 2

Phase 2 is where children start to look at single sound within the alphabet. Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this page so you know the right way to say each sound! We look at Phase 2 throughout the Autumn and Spring of Reception. Here are some games to help your child practice their phase 2 skills:







Take a look at www.ictgames.comhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks and
www.phonicsplay.co.uk for other games within Phase 2.


Phase 3

In Phase 3, children start to look at digraphs. This is where two letters go together to make one sound. E.g.in the word ship, the letter s and the letter h go together to make the sh sound. Another example is the ar sound in start. The letter a and the letter r go together to make the ar sound. Children should be secure within Phase 3 by the end of Reception. Here are some games that help your child to practise the digraphs learnt in Phase 3:









Phase 4&5

Phase 5 is the longest phase where children start to look at ways in which the same sound is made using different letter combinations e.g. brain, acorn, play.  By the time your child finishes Year 1, they should be secure in reading all and spelling many phase 5 phonics. This is where children should pay close attention to games which have real and 'made-up' words in preparation of the Phonics Screening Check. Here are some useful links: 







How to say the sounds correctly!

In phonics we learn letter sounds as well as letter names. The video below shows you how to say the sounds of individual letters, pairs of letters (digraphs) or trios of letters (trigraphs).

This video is a clip from the DfES Letters and Sounds Programme (2008). The intellectual rights and property of this video and publication belong to the DfES.

Letter Names

We also learn the names of the individual letters; this helps us when we are writing words. E.g. If we wanted to write the word 'paint', we would sound it out first (p-ai-n-t). Once we've sounded it out, we would think about which letters make each of those sounds as there can sometimes be lots of different ways of writing the same sound!

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Training Video

This video is for teachers who will be administering the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. We thought it might be useful to watch and listen to the children sounding out the real and pseudo words and seeing which are marked as correct and which aren't.