What is Phase 6?
Letters and Sounds Phase 6 is the final stage of the phonics program used in many schools in the UK. It is typically taught in Year 2 (the third year of school) and is designed to help children become more fluent and confident readers and writers.
In Phase 6, the focus is on developing children’s ability to read and spell more complex words and to use their phonics knowledge and skills in a wider range of contexts. The main features and skills taught in Letters and Sounds Phase 6 include:
- Consolidating children’s phonics knowledge and skills from earlier phases.
- Learning about word families and word roots, and how they can be used to support reading and spelling.
- Developing children’s understanding of spelling rules and conventions, such as the use of capital letters and full stops, and the rules for adding suffixes and prefixes to words.
- Introducing children to more complex vocabulary and the different ways in which words can be used in different contexts.
- Encouraging children to read a wide range of different texts, including non-fiction books and poetry.
- Developing children’s comprehension skills and their ability to understand and respond to different types of text.
- Providing opportunities for children to write for different purposes and audiences, including writing stories, reports, and letters.
Overall, Letters and Sounds Phase 6 is designed to help children become more confident and independent readers and writers, and to prepare them for the more advanced literacy skills required in later years of school. By consolidating and extending their phonics knowledge and skills, children are better equipped to tackle a wide range of reading and writing tasks, and to enjoy a lifelong love of reading and learning.
Resources to support Phase 6 learning
Learning Resources Reading Rods Prefixes and Suffixes is a set of educational toys designed to help children learn to read, understand word roots, and build words with prefixes and suffixes.
The bricks help children improve their phonemic awareness and phonics skills, and may also enhance their vocabulary and spelling abilities. The reading rods are colour-coded and feature letters, prefixes, and suffixes that can be combined to build words.
Educational posters that focus on sight words and word families can be very beneficial for young learners. These posters feature brightly coloured, easy-to-read text, which can help engage children and make learning fun. The posters can improve reading skills, enhance vocabulary and support spelling.
Drumond Park Word Bandit is a fun family board game that challenges players to use their vocabulary and word-building skills to solve a series of word puzzles.
The objective of the game is to steal as many letters as possible from the Word Bandit by completing word puzzles. Word Bandit is a great game for children to improve their vocabulary, spelling, and problem-solving skills.
Wordsearch: The Ultimate Multiplayer Wordsearch Game is a fun word puzzle game that can be played by the whole family.
The objective of the game is to find words hidden in a grid of letters. The words may be arranged in any direction – horizontally, vertically, diagonally, forwards, or backwards. The game comes with a set of word search puzzles of varying difficulty levels, allowing players to choose a puzzle that suits their skill level.
Character Options Word Master is a table-top word game that can be enjoyed by friends and family. The game is designed to challenge players’ vocabulary skills and test their ability to form words.
Word Master is designed to be a fun and challenging game for players of all ages, making it a great choice for family game night or gatherings with friends.
Boggle is a word game that involves finding as many words as possible within a grid of letters. Players have a set amount of time to find as many words as they can by connecting adjacent letters. The words must be at least three letters long and can be formed by connecting letters horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
Boggle can be played solo or with multiple players, making it a popular game for families and friends. The game is often used as a fun way to improve spelling and vocabulary skills, as well as cognitive function and memory.
“I See, I Spell, I Learn®” is an educational program designed to help children improve their spelling and reading skills. The program uses a multisensory approach to teaching, which involves seeing, hearing, and doing.
The Picture Homophones Flashcards Sets 1 & 2 Combo Pack is a part of this program and contains a set of flashcards that help children learn homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. For example, “flower” and “flour” are homophones.
The KS1 Spelling Year 2 Daily Practice Book: Autumn Term is a workbook designed to help children in Year 2 (ages 6-7) of the primary school in England practise their spelling skills.
The book contains a range of spelling exercises and activities that cover the autumn term of the school year. It is aligned with the National Curriculum for primary schools in England and Wales, and the exercises are designed to help children learn and practice the spelling patterns and rules that are taught in Year 2.
Spelling flashcards are designed to help children improve their spelling skills by providing a visual and interactive way to learn new words and practise spelling them. These flashcards may contain various words that are commonly used in the English language and are appropriate for children aged 7-9 years.
The KS1 Year 2 Complete Workbook Bundle for Ages 6-7 includes a collection of workbooks or activity books covering various subjects of the National Curriculum of England for primary schools. These workbooks are designed to help children practise and develop their skills in Handwriting, Grammar, Spelling and Phonics, Comprehension and Maths.