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Phase 4 phonics games – blending and segmenting

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PDF of four phase 4 phonics games ideas with instructions

Key Stage



Year 1


Phase 4 phonics can feel trickier to teach than phonics phases 2 and 3, because there are no new letter-sound correspondences (grapheme-phoneme correspondences) to learn.

This is a teaching phase designed to consolidate and build on all previous learning, challenging children to read longer words, and a larger bank of tricky words, ‘at a glance’.  

Put simply, phase 4 phonics is all about building children’s confidence and capacity to read more words.

They will be applying these in slightly longer sentences, using the letter-sound correspondences that they already know. 

Use these games when teaching phase 4 phonics, and help your pupils master blending and segmenting words.

Emma Spiers is an author, early literacy consultant and trainer. Follow her on Twitter @learningladyUK and see more of her work at

Phase 4 phonics games – blending and segmenting

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