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Phase 4 Phonics – Year 1 Spelling Games: Dots and Dashes

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Pupils will revisit and apply their phase 4 phonics knowledge from Letters and Sounds when playing ‘Dots and Dashes’.

These spelling games 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 CVCC, CCVC, CCCVC and CCVCC words are included.

What is phase 4 phonics?

In this phase, pupils will consolidate their knowledge of phonemes taught and read and spell words containing adjacent consonants (e.g. beast, stand, front, scrap).

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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