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Subject Lead for Phonics and Early Reading: Mrs. A. Buckley


The vision at St. Wilfrid’s is that all children are able, confident and fluent readers who are developed culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. That all children can read confidently and fluently an age appropriate book and be able to answer a range of questions accurately.

We use Bug Club to aid our teaching of phonics. By the end of year 1 all children have learnt and can apply all 44 phonemes so they can read confidently and fluently.

We teach Phase 2, 3 and 4 in reception and Phase 5 in Year 1.

Below is the order we teach phonics in.

Phase 2

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss


Phase 3

j v w x y z zz qu ch sh

th- this and that

ng- a thing on a string

ai– snail in the rain

ee– what can you see?

igh– fly high

oa– goat in a boat

oo– poo at the zoo

oo– look at a book

ar– start the car

or– shut the door

ur– nurse with a purse

ow– brown cow

oi– spoil the boy

ear– hear with your ear

air– that’s not fair

ure– sure its pure

er– a better letter


Phase 5
wh– what do you want

ph- a dolphin


ay– may I play
a-e – bake a cake

(eigh / ey / ei  alternative a)


ea– cup of tea
e-e– these are ee’s
ey– cheeky monkey
(ie / y alternative e)


ie – pie on your tie
i-e  nice smile
(y  /  i alternative i)


ow – blow the snow
o-e– phone home
oe– touch your toe
(o / oe alternative o)


ew– chew the stew
ue– true blue
u-e– huge brute
(u / oul alternative oo)

aw – yawn at dawn
au– a haunted house woooo


ir– whirl and twirl
er – perfect mermaid


ou– shout it out

oy– toy for a boy


Useful Websites

There are lots of fantastic websites to support the learning of phonics, lots have super games that the children love to play.