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The Phonics Memory Jogger

The Phonics Memory Joggers show the majority of letter to sound combinations in the English language, providing your child with a quick and comprehensive reference guide to help choose the correct letter or letter combinations for a particular sound. They can be used for both reading, to decode words, and to support spelling by helping to encode words.

Our Phonics Memory Joggers support the teaching of phonics by focusing on all the 44 sounds. The letter or letter combinations for each of the 44 sounds have been grouped (Sound Blocks) to allow each of the sounds to be individually taught. The letter most likely to make the sound is at the left of the Sound Block with the following letters giving the next best option.

The Phonics Memory Joggers have 2 sides, one for consonant sounds and one for vowel sounds. This helps reinforce the rules on the use of vowels and consonants in the English language, supporting reading and spelling.

There are two levels of Phonics Memory Jogger:

The 24 consonant sounds are set out in blocks, roughly following an alphabetical order for ease of use. Each block has a picture/word clue for each of the letter or letter combinations most commonly used to represent the sound. The blue letters in the word are the ones which make the sound for that block.

The smaller symbols in the top right hand corner of each square are the International Phonetic Alphabet symbol for that Sound Block. These symbols are used to represent the sounds of a language, not its written form, and help to reinforce the point that each of the letter or letter combinations are making the same sound. You and your child do not need, or have to learn, these symbols but they are there to support those who do use them and for reference.

The Phonics Memory Joggers are used in the Phonics Lessons to help teach the letter to sound associations and can later be used as a reference guide to help with reading and spelling.

For each Phonics Lesson a memory jogger is provided that only includes the phonemes taught and being taught. Previous lesson phonemes are partially masked, so they can still be used, making the current lesson phonemes stand out.

The picture clues are provided to help young children access words which include the sound, while the word enables them to see the correct spelling and placement of the letters, supporting reading and spelling later on.

The 20 vowel Sound Blocks have been split into the three most commonly used vowel group descriptors:

The vowel side of the Phonics Memory Jogger follows the same Sound Block picture and word clue format as the consonants side except the vowel letters are shown in red.