Cherry Garden Primary School

  1. Learning
  2. English
  3. Phonics
  4. Phase 4
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Phase 4

In Phase 4 children are not taught any new phonemes or graphemes. Instead, they are taught to further manipulate the phonemes and graphemes they have already learnt. Many of the words children explored in Phase 2 and 3 were monosyllabic (words of one syllable). In Phase 4 children explore more polysyllabic words (words containing more than one syllable). Many of the words in Phase 2 and 3 required children to blend approximately three sounds together in order to read them. Phase 4 requires children to blend an increasing number of sounds together in order to read.

Phase 4 Teaching Overview

In Phase 4 words are often referred to in relation to how many vowels and consonants they contain.

CVC Words

The word 'cod' is a CVC word (consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CVC words include: sad, net & him.

CCVC Words

The word 'crab' is a CCVC word (consonant / consonant / vowel / consonant). Other CCVC words include: trim, flat & step.

CVCC Words

The word 'help' is a CVCC word (consonant / vowel / consonant / consonant). Other CVCC words include: fist, mend and 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

The following resources will help you support your child as they progress through Phase 4.

 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 4

 Sentence Substitution

A reading based game / challenge

Sentences for Reading

A selection of sentences to read

 High Frequency Word Record Sheet

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


Click on the Phase you wish to visit to view our useful selection of resources.

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