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Best Letters and Sounds Phonics Games

Best Letters and Sounds Phonics Games

Check out the Best Letters And Sounds Phonics Games for teaching beginning sounds to young children. Fun, engaging teaching ideas and printable resources ideal for learning letters and sounds following the SATPIN letters and sounds order.

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.

Here’s a breakdown of the 6 Letters and Sounds Phases:

Phase 1 is focused on developing speaking and listening skills. This phase lays the foundation of the phonic skills that begin in Phase 2.

In Phase 1 the emphasis is on attuning students to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds focuses on developing children’s speaking and listening skills. It lays the foundation for Phase 2 of phonics. 

The aim of the first phase of phonics is to get children attuned with the sounds around them and readies them to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. 

Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects that focus on auditory discrimination, auditory memory and sequencing, and developing vocabulary and language comprehension. 

The seven aspects are:

  1. General Sound Discrimination – Environmental  Sounds
  2. General Sound Discrimination – Instrumental Sounds
  3. General Sound Discrimination – Body Percussion
  4. Rhythm and Rhyme
  5. Alliteration
  6. Voices Sounds
  7. Oral Blending and Segmenting

In Phase 2 children are introduced to graphemes for the first time. Each grapheme (the written representation of a sound) is introduced one at a time alongside the corresponding phoneme (the sound that the written letter makes).

In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, the SATPIN sequence, as it it sometimes known is an adjustment of this original sequence:

  • Set 1 introduces the first four letters and seven words that can be used for segmenting and blending: s,a,t,p, – at, a, sat, pat, sap, as, tap
  • Set 2 includes 4 new letters: i,n,m,d – it, is, sit, sat, pit, tip, pip, sip,an, in, nip, pan, pin, tin, tan, nap, am, man, mam, mat, map, Pam, Tim, Sam, dad, and, sad, dim, dip, din, did, Sid
  • Set 3 contains 4 new letters and 28 decodable words: g,o,c,k – tag, gag, gig, gap, nag, sag, gas, pig, dig, got, on, not, pot, top, dog, pop, God, Mog, can, cot, cop, cap, cat, cod, kid, kit, Kim, Ken
  • Set 4 also includes 4 more letters: ck, e,u,r – kick, sock, sack, dock, pick, sick, pack, ticket, pocket, get, pet, ten, net, pen, peg, met, men, neck, up, mum, run, mug, cup, sun, tuck, mud, sunset, rim, rip, ram, rat, rag, rug, rot, rocket, carrot
  • Set 5 introduces 7 graphemes: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss – had, him, his, hot, hut, hop, hum, hit, hat, has, hack, hug, but, big, back, bet, bag, bed, bud, beg, bug, bun, bus, bat, bit, bucket, beckon, rabbit, of, if, off, fit, fin, fun, fig, fog, puff, huff, cuff, fan, fat, lap, let, leg, lot, lit, bell, fill, doll, tell, sell, Bill,Nell, dull, laptop, ass, less, hiss, mass, mess, boss, fuss, hiss, pass, kiss, Tess, fusspot

By the time they reach Phase 3, children will already be able to blend and segment words containing the 19 letters taught in Phase 2.

In this phase children will start learning about digraphs and trigraphs as well as 25 new graphemes. Here’s the Phase 3 order

  • j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu
  • Consonant digraphs – ch, sh, th, ng
  • Vowel digraphs and trigraphs – ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er.

During Phase 3, the following tricky words (which can’t yet be decoded) are also introduced:

  • he
  • she
  • we
  • me
  • be
  • was
  • you
  • they
  • all
  • are
  • my
  • her

In Phase 4 there are no new graphemes to learn. The focus of Phase 4 is to consolidate existing phonic knowledge and to help students to learn to read and spell longer words containing adjacent consonants, e.g. ‘frog’ and ‘spring’, as well as decodable words with two or more syllables, such as ‘lunchbox’ and ‘chimpanzee’.

There are still 14 ‘tricky words’ to learn at Phase 4, including:

  • said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what

Children ready for Letters and Sounds Phase 5 can read and spell words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and flask. They will also be able to read and spell some polysyllabic words.

In Letters and Sounds Phase 5, children are taught more graphemes, including:

  • ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e. (N.B – ue, ew, u-e all have two pronunciations: oo and yoo.)

 

In Phase 5 students also learn that there are alternative pronunciations for graphemes, e.g. c can make the sound s in words such as ‘ice’ and ‘city’.

There are also 9 ‘tricky words’ to learn in Letters and Sounds Phase 5:

  • oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could

By the beginning of Phase 6, children will know over 50 of the most common grapheme–phoneme correspondences (GPCs).

Students should be able to read hundreds of words automatically that are familiar, quickly and silently decode words using their sounding and blending skills, and decode, aloud, more difficult words.

Letters and Sounds Phase 6  is the final phase of the program. It focuses on turning students into fluent readers and accurate spellers. In this Phase students are taught fundamental grammatical skills, such as verb tenses, suffixes, additional spelling rules and helpful spelling techniques.

There are no new tricky words to teach

Children’s spelling should be phonemically accurate, although it may still be a little unconventional at times. Spelling usually lags behind reading, as it is harder.

Read more about the DfE UK Letters and Sounds Program here

SATPIN Sequence Phonics Activities

Our Letters and Sounds Phonics games for beginning sounds follow the SATPIN order, but we’ve also included special requests from schools that use alternative sequences. Whichever  Letters and Sounds order you follow or phonics teaching resources will inject some fun into your lessons!

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SATPIN Phonics Sequence Activities

Fun Phonics SORTING Strips for SATPIN Sequence is a set of 6 Initial Sorting boards for students to match letters to sounds. They are perfect for magnetic letters, write & wipe centres, tracing letters and even play dough! There's 11 styles of letter tiles including all state fonts, tracing fonts, and a make it with play dough font!
These Spin, Find & Colour SATPIN Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the SATPIN sequence. Lowercase version
These Spin & Find Printable Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the SATPIN sequence. Uppercase version
These SATPIN Letter Formation activity sheets have been created using research from the UK Letters and Sounds Phonics Program. Students learn the correct letter formation using s a t p i n order not A-Z to stop letter confusion. Lowercase version.

ckehrm Letters and Sounds Order

Fun Phonics SORTING Strips for CKEHRM Sequence is a set of 6 Initial Sorting boards for students to match letters to sounds. They are perfect for magnetic letters, write & wipe centres, tracing letters and even play dough! There's 11 styles of letter tiles including all state fonts, tracing fonts, and a make it with play dough font!
Fun Spin, Find & Colour Phonics Activities for CKEHRM letter & sounds. Uppercase version.
These Spin & Find Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the CKEHRM sequence. Lower case version
These activity sheets have been created using research from the UK Letters and Sounds Phonics Program. Students learn the correct letter formation using c k e h r m order not A-Z to stop letter confusion. Lowercase version

mdgock Letters and Sounds Sequence Activities

Fun Spin, Find & Cover Phonics Resources For Teachers To Teach mdgock letter & sounds sequence (Colour Image Version)
Fun Spin, Find & Colour Phonics Resources For Teachers To Teach mdgock letter & sounds sequence - Uppercase Version B&W
Fun Phonics SORTING Strips for MDGOCK Sequence is a set of 6 Initial Sorting boards for students to match letters to sounds. They are perfect for magnetic letters, write & wipe centres, tracing letters and even play dough! There's 11 styles of letter tiles including all state fonts, tracing fonts, and a make it with play dough font!
Fun Spin, Find & Colour Phonics Resources For Teachers To Teach mdgock letter & sounds sequence - Lowercase Version B&W

dgoulf Letter Sequence Activities

Fun Phonics SORTING Strips for DGOULF Sequence is a set of 6 Initial Sorting boards for students to match letters to sounds. They are perfect for magnetic letters, write & wipe centres, tracing letters and even play dough! There's 11 styles of letter tiles including all state fonts, tracing fonts, and a make it with play dough font!
These Spin & Find Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the DGOULF sequence. Lowercase version
Fun Spin, Find & Colour Phonics Resources For Teachers To Teach DGOULF letter & sounds. Uppercase version.
These Spin, Find & Colour Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the DGOULF sequence. Lowercase version

BJZWVYXQ Letter Order

Fun Phonics SORTING Strips for BJZWVYXQ Sequence is a set of 6 Initial Sorting boards for students to match letters to sounds. They are perfect for magnetic letters, write & wipe centres, tracing letters and even play dough! There's 11 styles of letter tiles including all state fonts, tracing fonts, and a make it with play dough font!
These Spin & Find Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the VYXQ sequence. Lower case version
These Spin & Find Printable Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the VYXQ sequence. Uppercase version
These 12 activity sheets have been created using research from the UK Letters and Sounds Phonics Program. Students learn the correct letter formation using BJZW order not A-Z to stop letter confusion.They match sounds to letters too in this combined Phonics & Letter formation pack. Lower case Version
These Spin & Find Fun Phonics Lessons have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the BJZW sequence. Uppercase version

Alternative Letter Order Activities

These Spin & Find Teaching Phonics Activities have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the PIFR sequence. Uppercase version
These 12 activity sheets have been created using research from the UK Letters and Sounds Phonics Program. Students learn the correct letter formation using PIFR order not A-Z to stop letter confusion. They match sounds to letters too in this combined Phonics & Letter formation pack. Lower case version.
These Spin & Find Letters & Sounds Phonics Games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the OCHD sequence. Uppercase version.
These 12 activity sheets have been created using research from the UK Letters and Sounds Phonics Program. Students learn the correct letter formation using OCDH order not A-Z to stop letter confusion. They match sounds to letters too in this combined Phonics & Letter formation pack. Lowercase version.
These activity sheets have been created using research from the UK Letters and Sounds Phonics Program. Students learn the correct letter formation using msta order not A-Z to stop letter confusion. They match sounds to letters too in this combined Phonics & Letter formation pack. Lower case version.
Fun Phonics Activities for MSTA letter & sounds. Uppercase version.
These Spin & Find b d u a Phonics games have been created to help students match the letters & sounds and beat the b d u a letter confusion! lower case version.
These Spin & Find Phonics activities Sheets have been created to help students match the letters & sounds using the BDAU sequence. Uppercase version

Initial Letters And Sounds Activities

Help your students identify initial, medial and final sounds from A-Z with these phoneme worksheets. A great resource for assessment too!
ABC Phonics Font A-Z Flashcards Product Image
ABC Phonics Font Flash Cards A-Z for snap, matching, memory games, tracing and playdough. Match the Letter to the picture!
Long & Short Vowels Sorting Adorable Dogs Image of Product
These vowel sorting dogs are so adorable! Your kids will love learning about long and short vowel sounds with these sorting activities. There are 2 dogs per vowel and 2 versions of the sound on bones to sort. We made on version with just the pictures and one with space to write the missing letters!
Letters, words, numbers Sorting Phonics Activity literacy center image
This fun popcorn sorting activities is a fun way to learn to identify letters, numbers, words, sentences, synmbols, punctuation, upper & lowercase letters.

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