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    Phase Three

Letters and Sounds phase 3 aligned planning and resources, designed to help you save time and teach phonics like a specialist.

Children entering Phase 3 will know around 19 letters and be able to blend phonemes to read VC words and segment VC words to spell. While many children will be able to read and spell CVC words, they all should be able to blend and segment CVC words orally.

The purpose of phase 3 is to teach the next set of graphemes so the children can represent each of the phonemes by a grapheme. Children also continue to practise CVC blending and segmentation in phase 3 and will apply their knowledge of blending and segmenting to reading and spelling simple two-syllable words and captions. They will learn letter names during this phase, learn to read some more tricky words and also begin to learn to spell some of these words.

Each week of our phase 3 phonics scheme comprises of 5 lessons that follow the four part lesson sequence suggested in the Letters and Sounds framework.

Each lesson introduces new phonemes, graphemes, tricky words, high frequency words and common exception words, in the same sequence suggested by Letters and Sounds. There are 10 weeks in total for phase 3, after which we recommend moving onto our phase 4 letters and sounds planning.

  • Clock


    10 Weeks - 50 lessons

  • Sounds


    ai, air, ar, ch, ear, ee, er, igh, j, ng, oa, oi, oo, or, ow, q, sh, th, ur, ure, v, w, x, y, z, zz

Introduction to phase 3


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What is learnt in phase 3 phonics?

  • The following sounds: 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.
  • Childen will also learn the letter names and continue to consolidate the sounds learnt in Phase 2.
  • Children will also read some high-frequency ‘tricky’ words including: my, you, her, he, she, we, me, be, was, they, all, are.
  • By the end of phase 3 children may be able to read some VC and CVC words and to spell them either using magnetic letters or writing using your chosen method of recording.
  • During the phase children will be introduced to reading two-syllable words and simple captions.

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What's included?

Time for Phonics provides teachers with a specialist created Letters and Sounds phonics scheme for phase 3, including:

  • Daily and weekly phase 3 phonics planning, following the Letters and Sounds progression.
  • Phase 3 interactive lesson presentations.
  • Phase 3 decodable texts and mini-books.
  • On-demand phonics training videos.
  • Phase 3 interactive online phonics games that work on any computer or device.
  • Handwriting resources.
  • Accompanying low-prep phase 3 phonics resources.
  • Phase 3 phonics assessments to track your pupils' progress.

Suitable for both phonics and non-specialists, with fresh ideas and inspiration,

Time for Phonics is a systematic, synthetic phonics scheme for everyone!


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