Development expectations

By the end of this phase, children are expected to be confident in blending and reading a range of consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant (CVCC) and (CCVC) words. Learn what they’re expected to recognise, spell and be able to say, including more irregular ‘tricky’ words.

Reading, speaking and writing expectations

By the end of phase four, children are expected to be able to:

  • give the correct sound when shown any phase two and three graphemes
  • find all phase two and three graphemes on a display, when given the sound
  • blend and segment words containing adjacent consonants for reading and spelling
  • read the 'tricky' words ('some', 'one', 'said', 'come', 'do', 'so', 'were', 'when', 'have', 'there', 'out', 'like', 'little', 'what')
  • spell the tricky words ('he', 'she', 'we', 'me', 'be', 'was', 'my', 'you', 'her', 'they', 'all', 'are')
  • write each letter correctly most of the time.