Phonics Terminology

Blending – combining individual sounds to read a word.


Diagraph – two letters that make one sound.


Grapheme – a way of writing down a phoneme.  Graphemes can be made of up to four letters.


Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondence – the letter or letters that make up a sound.


High Frequency Words – the words that occur most frequently in writing. 


Phoneme – the smallest unit of sound.  There are approximately 44 phonemes in the English language.  “Approximately” because there is so much regional variation in our accents.


Segmenting – splitting up words into individual sounds to spell it.

Split diagraph – two letters, split within a word, that make one sound.  For example, a_e in make.


Tricky Words – words that cannot be decoded using phonics so must be learnt instead.


Trigraph – three letters that make one sound.


VC, CVC, CCVC — the abbreviations for vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant.  Used to describe the order of letters in words.

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Bosley St Mary's Primary School

Leek Road
Cheshire SK11 0NX

Our school site is wheelchair accessible. If you require any assistance, please call the school office or ring the bell on the vehicle gate on arrival.

Main Contact: Miss Stephanie Clulow (Acting Head Teacher)

Tel: 01260 223280 / 07594 164613