Phase 5b Blending and Segmenting Words

Go to Lesley's Phase 5b Blending and Segmenting Resources

This page contains links to recommended resources on other websites.


Help a Hedgehog

help a hedgehogFrom Enter your own words from Phase 5b. Click on the sand timer to start. A word will appear on the screen. Everyone blends and reads it and then you can press the tick and watch the hedgehog roll forwards and backwards, collecting things. The sand timer lasts just over a minute and the screen keeps a score. At the end it checks to see if you have beaten your previous score. Useful for the 'revisit & revise' or 'teach' parts of the lesson.


Cuddly 'c' and Kicking 'k'

cuddly c and kicking k

A YouTube video which explains when to use 'c' and 'k'. Useful to watch when you are teaching children that 'c' says /s/ before 'e', 'i' and 'y' and 'k' says /c/ before 'e', 'i', & 'y'. Gold subscribers, click here to listen to a song I have recorded to help children remember this rule.

Play the video

Fishy Phonemes

This is an interactive game in which you have to feed a fish. A picture appears in the top left hand corner. The graphemes from that word then appear in random order (with a distractor or 2), each in its own bubble. You use the up and down arrows to move the fish to feed on the bubbles in the correct order.

This resource is not designed for any specific sythetic phonics programme, but I have gone through each level and allocated it to a phase based on the most difficult word at each level. As there are generally only 1 or 2 words at the highest phase, this is not a resource to be used in discrete teaching sessions, but more as an adult initiated activity, which children can work on independently for consolidation of prior learning.

Level 1 is equivalent to Phase 5 b (weeks 5-7)


Magnetic Letters

magnetic lettersA whiteboard with letters of the alphabet along the bottom. Click on a letter for it to appear on the whiteboard. Useful for writing words. Suitable for the 'revisit and review' and 'teach' parts of daily phonics lessons with large groups and also the 'practise' part of sessions with smaller groups when each child/pair of children have access to the internet. Less fiddly than using magnetic letters on a large magnetic board (if you are lucky enough to have one!).


Writing Trays

Below are links to a variety of creative trays you can make and use in the classroom for children to practise writing phonetically regular words. Select one that links to the children's interests or the current time of year, as this should motivate them to write. Either leave on the writing table or set up as an adult initiated activity for practising the spelling of particular words. A set of picture cards could be left out for children to select from and write the accompanying word.  Also useful for writing activities with small intervention groups (the children would need a tray each).

Dinosaur Swamp






Star Wars

Magical Fairy Dust

Moon Dust

Harry Potter

How to make lavender and glitter salt for a writing tray