Letters and Sounds Phonics Games

Phonics, Spelling, & Grammar Resources

Are you searching for interactive and engaging resources to teach phonics? Look no further than our incredible collection of Letters and Sounds Phonics Games! These games are designed to make phonics learning fun and effective for students of all abilities.

Learning to tell the difference between sounds is a key Early Years literacy skill and the first step in learning to read and write. National reports on the teaching of reading in the US, UK and Australia support the inclusion of phonological awareness in early literacy programs. Hill (2016, p.110) notes the importance of phonological awareness as ‘a precursor to decoding’ which needs to be explicitly taught (Adams, 2011).

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007 to help teachers explicitly teach phonics. The program will prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

Letters and Sounds Planning Phases

The DfE’s Letters and Sounds program is a systematic way of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) to the symbols (letters) which represent them (graphemes).

The phonics skills and knowledge children require for reading and writing is broken into 6 phases which are taught in Kindergarten to Year 2.

Our Letters and Sounds Phonics Games align with the Letters and Sounds program, a comprehensive phonics resource widely used in schools. This program is divided into six phases, each focusing on specific phonics skills and knowledge. Let’s take a closer look at each phase:

6 Letters & Sounds Phases

Phase 1
This phase focuses on developing students’ listening skills, including sound discrimination and environmental sounds.
Phase 2
In this phase, students are introduced to phonemes (individual sounds) and graphemes (letters or groups of letters representing sounds). They begin blending and segmenting sounds to read and spell simple words.
Phase 3
Students continue to learn new phonemes and graphemes, including digraphs (two letters representing one sound) and trigraphs (three letters representing one sound). They expand their ability to blend and segment sounds in longer words.
Phase 4
This phase consolidates students’ knowledge of previous phonemes and graphemes. They focus on blending and segmenting longer words and develop their fluency in reading and spelling.
Phase 5
Students explore alternative graphemes for the phonemes they have already learned. They further develop their blending and segmenting skills, encountering more complex words.
Phase 6
This final phase focuses on developing students’ understanding of spelling rules and patterns. They learn about prefixes, suffixes, and more advanced spelling alternatives.

Our Letters and Sounds Phonics Games cover all these phases, providing targeted practice and reinforcement of phonics skills at each stage. They include activities for sound discrimination, blending, segmenting, word reading, and spelling. These games can be used as whole-class activities, small-group instruction, or independent practice

Read more about the DfE UK Letters and Sounds Program here

By incorporating these games into your phonics lessons, you’ll create an engaging and supportive learning environment for your students. They will build a strong foundation in phonics, develop their reading and spelling abilities, and become confident and fluent readers.

So, whether you’re teaching Phase 1 listening skills or delving into Phase 6 spelling rules, our Letters and Sounds Phonics Games are the perfect companion for your phonics instruction. Explore our collection and witness the joy and progress your students experience as they unlock the world of reading through phonics!

Letters & Sounds Games

Letter Confusion Activities
Letter Confusion Activities

Letter Confusions & Reversals

Alphabet Cutting Activities For Kids
Alphabet Cutting Activities For Kids

Our Cutting Activities For Kids teaching resource collection is a treasure trove of engaging alphabet-themed cutting activities that will bring the letters to life in your classroom.

Initial Sounds Cutting Activities
Initial Sounds Cutting Activities

Introducing initial sounds has never been more exciting! Our phonics-themed cutting activities will capture your students' attention as they cut lines and shapes that link to images or words representing objects with specific initial sounds.

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