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.
Phonics Phase Two
In Phase Two, children move on from oral blending and segmentation, to blending and segmenting with letters. At least 19 letters are introducted in Phase Two, in 5 sets, as well as first digraphs and a few "tricky" words.
The UK Government's Letters and Sounds (2007) suggests introducing the Phase Two letters over a 6 week period, with one set introduced each week and the 6th week for revision.
- Week 1 Set 1: s, a, t, p
- Week 2 Set 2: i, n, m, d (with particular attention to high frequency words is, it, in and at)
- Week 3 Set 3: g, o, c, k (with particular attention to high frequency word and)
- Week 4 Set 4: ck, e, u, r (also introducing children to exception/tricky words to and the)
- Week 5 Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss (also introducing children to exception/tricky words no, go and I)
- Week 6 Revision
From the first week, children will be able to read and write some VC and CVC words, with the number increasing each week. With the addition of "the" and "to" introduced in week 4 and "no" and "go" in week 5, many interesting phrases and short sentences become available.
Download our comprehensive Phase 2 phonics resources in packs, below.
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.
These photo picture tiles can be used in all sorts of ways and will make learning the phonemes and digraphs of Phase Two exciting for the kids, while providing lots of opportunity for expanding vocabulary and provoking discussion.
Introduce the Phase Two phonemes with the help of these simple flash cards, which can also be used with many of our other Phase Two resources. Try matching them up with our Phase Two Phonemes Cards or Tiles, for example.
These lovely bright flash cards feature all the phonemes and digraphs from Phase Two, with a cheerful picture to remind the kids about the sound of the letter if they need it. They are designed to be used double-sided. Hold up the phoneme and see if they can make the sound.
We've picked one illustration for each phoneme and digraph in Phase Two and turned them into these fun A4 posters. They work well as a frieze around the room and are helpful for reminding children of the sound of each letter.
This bumper pack of flash cards contains at least 3 or 4 photo cards for each phoneme and digraph - and sometimes many more!
Whether you use these as posters on the wall or put them up on the whiteboard, the kids will love spotting the photos and identifying the beginning and end sounds that they have been learning.
Introduce the phonemes and digraphs of Phase Two with the help of these lovely letter recognition worksheets, packed full of fun pictures for the kids to identify and colour.
Use our simple sorting mats when introducing and practising Phase Two letters. Perhaps you have a collection of mini-objects which the children can sort onto the correct phoneme mat? Or you could use our picture cards or picture tiles.
This set of bordered tiles contains the phonemes and digraphs from Phase Two. There are 3 tiles for each - perfect for sorting and word building.
This set (available with UK and US font versions) contains 3 of each of Phase Two's letters and letter combinations, with no border. Print onto card and use them for word building, sorting, or to match with our Phase Two Intitial Sounds cards.
Here's the full set of letters for Phase Two, in both US and UK fonts, complete with dots on the starting points and arrows for direction. They are a good size for children to handle. Laminate them for repeat use with a dry wipe pen.
These cards are the perfect size for little hands and if you laminate them you can use them over and over again with a dry wipe pen. This set contains all the letters from Phase 2 and comes in UK and US fonts. Start on the dot!
There are approximately 170 word cards in this zip file, divided up by Set for ease of use. The pack comprises many (but not all) of the words you can form with the phonemes and digraphs introduced in Phase Two, and which are pronounced phonetically.
Sound buttons can help children to understand segmenting and then blending the letter sounds they have learned to form words. This set of sound button word cards contains all the suggested words in Phase Two.
This is a really fun worksheet, which will encourage the children to read the sentences carefully and then draw what's missing.
Read the tricky words and then colour in the flowers appropriately. Count up and write the totals in the box.
Children say the name of the picture and listen carefully for the beginning sound - then clip a clothes peg to the correct letter. These Halloween peg cards are such a fun way to practise!
Practise some tricky words, enjoy some colouring in, and do some counting too! This is a great revision worksheet for early learners.
Here are all the phonemes of Phase Two on "blades" for a fan. Attach them together with a split pin or a book ring, adding letters as you learn them.
Colour in these delightful pictures that match the captions suggested in the DFES' Letters and Sounds programme for Phase Two. Each page prints out onto A4 paper.
Even if you aren't using Letters and Sounds, these are a fun colouring / reading activity for early readers.
There are 35 flash cards in this set, printing 2 to a page, and they cover all the captions suggested for Phase Two by Letters and Sounds, complete with little illustrations to help the children.
This pack of 35 handwriting worksheets provides all the suggested captions from Phase Two of Letters and Sounds in a dotted font for tracing, with extra handwriting lines for more practice.
This set of matching cards includes all the captions suggested for Phase Two of Letters and Sounds, in order, so your children can have fun matching the caption / phrase to the correct picture. There are 35 each of the pictures and caption cards in total.
There are 35 A4 posters in this set - one for each of the captions suggested in the DFES Letters and Sounds programme for Phase Two.
Here are all the captions for Phase Two on simple strips, ready for printing and slicing. Match with our posters and flash cards or just hold them up for reading practice.
Choose from black and white pictures or colour pictures representing the Phase Two captions, and encourage the children to write out the words they are learning.
These appealing worksheets (16 in the pack) feature words from Phase Two of the Letters and Sounds programme with tick-boxes by each. Work through them one-by-one or pick as you introduce each phoneme, or introduce them when you need to provide extra practice. High frequency words are repeated.
These Phase Two reading practice slips are designed to be printed quickly and simply sliced into 4 per page. There's one for each additional letter / letter combination of Sets 1 to 5, as well as plenty of extra for practice and blank slips at the end if you want to work on particular words.
These slips are designed to be used with the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and provide day by day and week by week reading practice, perfect for slipping into school bags for practice at home each evening and over the weekend.
Learn these important tricky words for Phase 2 with the help of these tracing cards. Children can trace the letters with two fingers or with a dry wipe pen.
Learning to write these Phase Two exception words will help some children to remember them when they come across them when reading, too.
As new letters and letter combinations are introduced to the children, they will be able to sound out and read more and more words.