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Word Meaning Example
Digraph Two letters that make one sound ai, ee, oo 
Trigraph Three letters that make one sound igh 
Phoneme The sound that you hear  
Grapheme The sound that you see on the page

ai, ay. a-e

all sound the same but written differently 

Split digraph Vowel sound split by a consonant

o-e as in hole

a-e as in made

I-e as in slide. 

 

What is phonics? | Oxford Owl

Get a definition of phonics and understand the key aspects of learning to read using phonics. Learn more about key terms such as 'phonemes', 'blending' and '...

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language.

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.

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