How to teach Phase 3 Phonics at home (free teaching resource)

How to teach Phase 3 Phonics at home (free teaching resource)

Are you struggling to teach phonics at home? Read this post to find out how you can teach phonics Phase 3 at home and sign up to receive your free teaching aid.


how to teach phase 3 phonics


What is Phase 3 Phonics?

Homeschooling mamas must see these words “Phase 3 phonics”, “Phase 2 phonics” floating around on websites giving away or selling their phonics resources. These phases come from the Letters and Sounds Resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It has a lot of strengths in building up listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in your child’s early education. The phases help in break down what needs to be taught when. More information and details on each phase breakdown can be found here. The pictured Phase 3 sound mat can be found on Twinkl.

How to teach phase 3 phonics


Tuesday Teaching Tips: Teaching Phase 3 Phonics at home!

As part of our Tuesday Teaching Tips series, we covered an overview of Phase 3 phonics with a little insight into how you can teach it at home yourself. Watch the short video below for more:

In a nutshell I spoke about 4 really important techniques to ensure your children are engaged and retain the new sounds you teach.

  1. REVIEW – We review the sounds we have already looked at
  2. NEW SOUND – Introduce the new sound + learning through powerpoint
  3. PRACTISE – Read the sound in captions and phrases
  4. APPLY – use the new sound in words and write in these words in captions

In our video below you will see exactly what we do day by day over a 4 day week on dedicated to Phonics learning. Our methods and techniques and tried and tested in primary schools – pretty much how I used to teach as a year 1 teacher!



Resources used in the video above:

Phase 3 Sound Mat by Twinkl – can be downloaded for FREE here.

Mrs Pryce’s Funny Phonics Powerpoints can be found FREE on the TES website here.

Phase 3 Roll and Read mats by Twinkl – can be found here.

Phonics reading books (Biff and Chip series) can be bought here at a decent price



How I taught the sound /igh/ to my 4 year old:

igh sound words

You may also find this detailed video below useful as we cover the teaching of phase 3 grapheme (sound) /igh/ where I show you briefly how we introduce the sound, the sound included in words and then applying our learning by writing out sentences including tricky words we are learning and sounds we have learnt too.


You can now download the Phase 3 phonics planning resource including which words to teach with each sound in Phase 3 + captions/sentences for children to practise writing.


phase 3 phonics resource


For more on our Teaching Tips series, click here, you can also check out How I taught my child to read!



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