phonics Phase 5

In Phase 5 children are introduced to new graphemes for reading. Some of these graphemes represent phonemes (sounds) that they have already learnt a grapheme for. For example, in Phase 3 children were taught 'ai' as the grapheme for the phoneme /a/ (as in rain). In Phase 5, children are taught that the phoneme /a/ can also be represented by the graphemes 'ay' (as in play) or 'a-e' (as in make). This variation needs to be taught as it is common in our language system.

Phase 5 Teaching Overview

Click on each grapheme below to download a set of A5 flashcards with words containing this grapheme. Practise reading these with your child.

a-e (as in came)

au (as in Paul)

aw (as in saw)

ay (as in day)

e-e (as in these)

ea (as in sea)

ew (as in stew)

ew (as in chew)

ey (as in money)

i-e (as in like)

ir (as in girl)

o-e (as in bone)

oe (as in toe)

ou (as in out)

oy (as in boy)

ph (as in Phil)

u-e (as in June)

ue (as in clue)

ue (as in due)

wh (as in when)

Phase 5 Resources

The following resources will help you support your child as they progress through Phase 5.

Reading Word List

High Frequency Word Flash Cards

Yes or No Questions

Sentence Substitution

Swentence Substitution 2

Choose 3 Right Answers

Files to Download


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