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At Cosgrove Village Primary School we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme to support phonics teaching.  Our children start learning their phonic sounds in the Autumn in Reception class. 

  • blend (vb)
    • to draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. s-n-a-p, blended together, reads snap
  • cluster
    • two (or three) letters making two (or three) sounds, e.g. the first three letters of 'straight' are a consonant cluster
  • digraph
    • two letters making one sound, e.g. sh, ch, th, ph.
    • vowel digraphs comprise of two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ai, oo, ow
  • split digraph
    • two letters, split, making one sound, e.g. a-e as in make or i-e in site
  • grapheme
    • a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. sh, ch, igh, ough (as in 'though')
  • grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC)
    • the relationship between sounds and the letters which represent those sounds; also known as 'letter-sound correspondences'
  • mnemonic
    • a device for memorising and recalling something, such as a snake shaped like the letter 'S'
  • phoneme
    • the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters 'sh' represent just one sound, but 'sp' represents two (/s/ and /p/)
  • segment (vb)
    • to split up a word into its individual phonemes in order to spell it, e.g. the word 'cat' has three phonemes: /c/, /a/, /t/
    • the abbreviations for vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant, which are used to describe the order of letters in words, e.g. am, ham, slam.

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