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New to Phase 3

In the last week of the Jingle Jangle Jungle topic within Phase 2 we gave you guidance on how to assess your child's stage of learning within phonics. This will have helped you to identify any gaps in your child's learning, and whether or not they are ready to move on to the next phase.  By clicking on this page today you've assessed that your child is ready to move on to Phase 3. Great news!


We are delighted that you have concluded that your child is ready to move on to the next phase.  As we would always do on return to school after the summer holidays for example, please be aware that when school re-opens your child's teacher will carry out a more detailed phonics assessment and the outcome of that assessment will be the one in which we have to follow and teach. Please do not worry if your child's phonic level/phase is adjusted on return to school. This could be that they need to be in the next phase or recap on elements of a previous phase, but every decision will be in the very best interests of your child.


So...Phase 3...


The format below is a outline of how we teach phonics in class for Phase 3...

- Flashcards of all the sounds learnt to date, both Phase 2 and Phase 3.  In Phase 3 we teach children the letter name as well as the letter sound.  As we hold up each flashcard we say... a or A (sound or name).

You can play a game such as 'quickwrite letters' where they have 30 seconds and you call out each sound and they have to write the letter.

- Recap all high frequency words learnt to date using HFW flashcards, then introduce/teach the new high frequency words for the week. 

- Introduce/teach the new sound (only introduce one sound a day). You can use the videos at home from bitesize or alphablocks to make this more engaging if you would like. We always use phoneme frames to practise writing words using the new sound for the day.

- Practise using the sound with the activities we provide here each week for you and different online activities which focus on the sound for today.

- Apply time...sentence writing and/or reading. Minimum four word sentences for Phase 3. These sentences are using high frequency words, cvc words, and words that include the sound of the day. For example - 'Can a vet fit a jet?' We also use this opportunity to talk about what a sentence needs,  (finger spaces, Capital letters, full stops and question marks). 


There is so much in Phase 3 to do (this is a ten week programme) and the pace is fast.  It is expected that usually children repeat this phase to ensure that they embed all of these skills. Please don't feel pressured or overwhelmed - just do what you can and feel comfortable with.  Most importantly have fun and enjoy it!


The next two weeks follows the remaining phonemes, and it will steadily introduce digraphs (two letters that make one sound).  


This weeks letter sounds that we are looking at are...J, V, W, X

Blending and Segmenting Phase 3 - words that you can cut up and use as flashcards and then practise with writing.

This weeks HFWs are - off, can, had, back. Use the phase 3 sets you have had sent home, or use these basic ones if needed.

Phase 3 flashcards - Set 1 are on page one. You have had these sent home but if you need another copy then you can access these letter sound flashcards here.

As you venture into the next phase there are a whole range of resources available online specifically for Phase 3. If you want to make your phonics more interactive or have additional resources that your child can use to keep them occupied then you could start with the list of websites on our Reception home page. We hope this helps blush