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Westminster Special School

College Park School Federation of Westminster Special Schools


Phonics reading programs are used in the upper primary and secondary department for many students who learn to read through phonics (the process of sounding out or decoding words and putting them back together or encoding).

We have adapted the Department for Education and Training’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ Program, so that the needs of the students we teach can be met using these resources. Students who have a learning style that suits phonics teaching participate in distinct phonics based reading, writing and spelling sessions daily.

You can support your child’s learning through downloading the sound cards. (click on the links below!)

Feel free to get in touch with your child’s class teacher about how to extend this learning!

Letters and Sounds Flashcards.

  • The flashcards below can be downloaded. These flashcards correspond to the sounds children are taught in phonics lessons.
  • They are in the order that they are taught at school. Your class teacher will keep you up to date about what sounds to practice with your child.

How to use these resources to support your child’s learning:

  • First print and cut the words and pictures up. Print the data sheets.
  • Show your child the letter or letters first and ask them to say the sound. (Note: Each letter or set of letters makes ONE sound and we want the children to say the sound, not the letter name.)
  • If your child gets the sound wrong, show them the picture and ask them what is in the picture. Then ask them to say the sound again. Place an x in the column beside the sound on the data sheet.
  • If your child gets the sound right, place a tick in the column beside the sound on the data sheet.
  • Try again tomorrow!

Websites to support your child’s learning at home:

This has a good selection of Phonics games that can be played at home. Your class teacher will keep you up to date about the Phase your child is completing currently.

This is a great, multisensory website for students mastering the first stages of reading. It is free. First Steps covers Letters and Sounds Phases 2 and 3 while Fun with Words covers Letters and Sounds up until the end of Phase 4.

Oxford Owl has a range of brilliant games, 150 free ebooks and loads of interactive activities to encourage reading at home.

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