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Phase 2 Phonics – Year 1 Spelling Game: Dots and Dashes

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Pupils will revisit and apply their phase 2 phonics knowledge from Letters and Sounds when playing ‘Dots and Dashes’. The game will develop pupils’ segmenting skills, identifying the phonemes (sounds) in words and choosing the correct graphemes (letters) that represent these.

To play the game, pupils must find words that match the dots and dashes cards. Their knowledge of sound buttons will help them with this task. A variety of dots and dashes and word cards with VC, CVC and two-syllable words are included.

What is phase 2 phonics?

The purpose of this phase is to teach at least 19 graphemes and move pupils from oral segmenting and blending in phase 1, to blending and segmenting with letters. They will learn to read and spell VC and VCV words, and also be introduced to reading two-syllable words.

Letter Progression in Phase 2

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

National Curriculum English programme of study links

  • Pupils should apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words.
  • Pupils should be taught to spell words containing the 40+ phonemes already taught
  • Pupils should use the process of segmenting spoken words into sounds before choosing words graphemes to represent the sounds

  • Teacher notes
  • Dots and dashes cards
  • Word cards
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