Phase Three

When children begin Phase Three, they will already know 19 letters and be able to blend phonemes to read and spell VC and CVC words. During Phase Three, the remaining letters of the alphabet are introduced, together with  18 graphemes comprising 2 letters.

Also during Phase Three, the names of letters are introduced using the Alphabet Song, although children will continue to use the sounds while decoding words.

Phase Three is expected to take 10-12 weeks, with a suggested timetable as follows:

  • Week 1: Revise Phase Two letters and tricky words no, go, I, the, to. Introduce Set 6 letters and sounds (j, v, w, x). Learn an alphabet song.
  • Week 2: Introduce Set 7 letters and sounds (y, z, zz, qu) and tricky words he and she.
  • Week 3: Introduce ch, sh, th and ng and the tricky words we, me and be.
  • Week 4: Introduce ai, ee, igh and oa, and the tricky words was.
  • Week 5: Introduce oo, ar, or and ur and the tricky word my.
  • Week 6: Introduce ow, oi, ear and air and the tricky word you.
  • Week 7: Introduce ure (as in sure) and er (as in corner) and the tricky word they.
  • Week 8: Revise all phonemes and graphemes, practise letter names and introduce the tricky word her.
  • Week 9: Revise and practise as above, and introduce the tricky word all.
  • Week 10: Revise and practise as above, and introduce the tricky word are.
  • Week 11: Consolidate or move on to Phase Four.
  • Week 12: Consolidate or move on to Phase Four.

Our Phase Three Resources

2 Letter Grids

2 Letter Grids

This simple printable provides 2 letter grids to use on the page or cut out, for practice at building 2 letter words. We have sized them to fit our phonics letter tiles.

3 Letter Grids

3 Letter Grids

Print the page and use it as it is, or print onto card and cut out the grids. The grids are sized to fit our phonics letter tiles or magnetic letters and can be used to practice word building. We also have Two Letter Grids.

4 Letter Grids

4 Letter Grids

These 4 letter grids are sized to work with our letter tiles (plain or bordered). Print onto coloured or white card and cut out the grids.

All Phase Three Letters - Flash Cards - Arrows

All Phase Three Letters - Flash Cards - Arrows

Teach children how to form their graphemes correctly with these dot and arrow fonts. We've got one flash card for each letter or letter combination in Phase Three. If you laminate them you can use them with a dry wipe pen, introducing one each time you introduce a new phoneme.

All Phase Three letters - mnemonic flash cards

All Phase Three Letters - Mnemonic Flash Cards

These cheerful flash cards come in 2 sizes - A4 and A5 - for front-of-class and individual use, as well as in 2 different font styles. Hold up the picture and see if the kids can recognise the letter sounds in it.

All Phase Three letters - mnemonic posters

All Phase Three Letters - Mnemonic Posters

Put these lovely bright posters up as a frieze around the room, introducing a new one every time you introduce a new letter or letter combination. The fun pictures will jog the children's memories about the sounds they are learning.

All Phase Three Letters - Tiles

All Phase Three Letters - Tiles

Use these Phase Three letter tiles (with our Phase Two letter tiles) for revision, matching games, or to practise building words. They are designed to fit on our Letter Grids too.

All Phase Three Suggested Words Cards

All Phase Three Suggested Words Cards

This is a huge bundle of word cards, printing 4 to a page, comprising all the suggested words in Phase Three, divided into batches of Set 6, Set 7, consonant graphemes, vowel graphemes and a combination of the Phase 3 graphemes..

Phase Three Reading Practice Slips

Phase Three Reading Practice Slips

Sending the kids home with some reading words to reinforce is easy with this pdf full of suggested reading words for Phase Three. As new letters are introduced, a new set of words is introduced.

Phase Three reading practice slips - bordered

Phase Three Reading Practice Slips - Bordered

There are 39 little "slips" with reading words in this file, based on Phase Three of Letters and Sounds. Each one contains 10 words building on the different phonemes introduced each day as well as "tricky words" and plenty of extra practice for high frequency words.

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