Phase 4

In Phase 4 children learn to further manipulate the letters and graphemes they have been taught in Phases 2 & 3. Up to this point the majority of words and phrases presented have been monosyllabic (words with just one syllable). Phase 4 introduces more polysyllabic words.

In this Phase words are often described in relation to how many vowels and consonants they contain:

The word 'cod' is a CVC word (consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CVC examples are; sad, net & him.

The word 'crab' is a CCVC word (consonant / consonant / vowel / consonant). Other examples are; trim, flat & step.

The word 'help' is a CVCC word (consonant / vowel / consonant / consonant). Other examples are; fist, mend & test.

As children progress through Phase 4 they become more confident and skilled in reading and spelling words with a greater number of letters and graphemes.
Phase 4 Resources
Spelling Support

The resources in this section could be used to support children with spelling across all Phases of Letters and Sounds.

In school, we use a system called 'look / say / cover / write / check' to help children learn their spellings. Some of the resources below help support this.