Complete Expected Phonics for 4-6 year olds

This includes 12 sets of weekly teaching resources for introducing children to all the letters and sounds they are expected to learn at age 4-6 (Foundation Stage) and two sets of initial consolidation activities (total of 14 weeks activities).

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The Word Wizard Phonics & Handwriting schemes are designed for teachers, tutors and parents to use without needing specialist training. Free planning examples are included in the previews and additional free guidance can be found at

Features of the phonics scheme include:

  • exploring letter shapes
  • exploring letter sounds
  • building spoken vocabulary and grammar
  • continuous progressive consolidation

Every letter shape has been deconstructed for children to trace with their Word Wands (or magic pointing fingers).

Each new letter is placed into a word alongside letters that children have previously learned. This ensures children are continuously consolidating their learning and helps them understand the relationship between letters and words.

Each new word includes a symbol and a definition to help prompt discussions about how words can be used in spoken language. Supporting children to develop their spoken vocabulary and grammar in this way helps ensure they can use phonics as an effective reading strategy.

Children can develop their fine motor skills by cutting and pasting letters into words with the Word Maker sheets and they can work with friends to create Word Lines and better understand how letters form words.

Included in each set:

  • Explore sounds with mouth shapes
  • Breakdown of the letter shapes
  • Variations of letter shapes for print and handwriting
  • Examples of words that can be made using phonemes that have been previously taught
  • Discussion prompts about using words in spoken sentences
  • Word Line activity
  • Letter Sound and Shape sheets
  • Flashcards with sound symbols
  • Word Maker sheets

The Expected Level would normally be used with children at the beginning stages of learning to read.

The scheme is designed to complement the Word Wizard Handwriting schemes (available in cursive, lowercase print and uppercase). Additional phonics resources are available for the Advanced stages and consolidation.

Includes versions for US-English and British-English.


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