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Phonics and reading presentation 2023

Phonics Glossary
blend  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. 
Trigraph three letters making one sound, e.g. air, igh, ure. 
vowel digraphs two vowels which, together, make one sound, e.g. ai, oo
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/ 
VC, CVC, CCVC  the abbreviations for vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant, and used to describe the order of letters in words, e.g. am, Sam, slam
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