Phonics Phase 5

In Phase 5 children are introduced to new graphemes for reading. Some of these graphemes represent phonemes (sounds) that they have already learnt a grapheme for. For example, in Phase 3 children were taught 'ai' as the grapheme for the phoneme /a/ (as in rain). In Phase 5, children are taught that the phoneme /a/ can also be represented by the graphemes 'ay' (as in play) or 'a-e' (as in make). This variation needs to be taught as it is common in our language system.


Phase 5 Teaching Overview

Click on each grapheme below to download a set of A5 flashcards with words containing this grapheme. Practise reading these with your child.


(as in came)


(as in Paul)


(as in saw)


(as in day)


(as in these)


(as in sea)


(as in stew)


(as in chew)


(as in money)


(as in like)


(as in girl)


(as in bone)


(as in toe)


(as in out) 


(as in boy)


(as in Phil)


(as in June)


(as in huge)


(as in clue)


(as in due)


(as in when)





Phase 5 Resources

The following resources will help you support your child as they progress through Phase 5.

 Reading Word Lists

Groups of words which can be read in this Phase


 High Frequency Word Flash Cards

A5 flash cards for each high frequency word taught in this Phase


Yes / No Questions

A reading resource for Phase 5


Sentence Substitution

A reading based game / challenge


Sentence Substitution 2

A continuation of the above


Choose 3 Right Answers

A game containing Phase 5 graphemes


 High Frequency Word Record Sheet

Use this sheet to track the high frequency words your child can read and spell