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Level 1 Phonics

Level 1 of Phonics concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Level 2.


The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.


Level 1 phonics skills that are developed at this stage include:

  • Environmental sounds
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)

Level 2 phonics

Level 2 Tricky words

Level 3 Phonics

Level 3 Tricky words

Level 4 Tricky words