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Phase 5 phonics - word cards, alternative pronunciations, set 1: i, o, c, g, u

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This resource pack provides a collection of words that are perfect for pupils to apply their phonics knowledge by practising blending words containing the alternative pronunciation of graphemes. The alternative pronunciation of graphemes ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘c’, ‘g’ and ‘u’ from phase 5 are included in this resource.

NOTE: alternative pronunciations for the ‘u’ in pull, push etc apply in the south of England.

How to use the resource:

In groups or as a class, pupils can practise blending the words on the cards, exploring which pronunciation should be used for graphemes. The cards could also be read aloud to the class for them to then segment and write.

Resources included:

  • 66 word cards

What is blending?

Blending is the method used to combine sounds to read words. Rather than saying each sound separately in a word, for example a - n - t, they will begin to link the sounds to read the word.

National Curriculum programme of study links

Year 1 Reading
Pupils should be taught to

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as a route to decode words
  • respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes, including, where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught
  • read words containing GPCs and -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er, and -est endings
  • read other words with more than one syllable that contain taught GPCs

  • 66 word cards
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