Phonics Activities CVCC Words

Phonics Activities CVCC Words: The free resource available to download from this page is based on synthetic phonics principles. The worksheets provide a blueprint for parents and classroom teachers to complete specific synthetic phonics activities in the classroom or at home, particularly in these difficult times with COVID-19 impacting school communities throughout the world.

The activities to be released in the coming months will focus attention on the structure of simple CVCC, CCVC, and CCVCC words and the many word combinations that can be formed from the five short vowels: a e i o u.

Word list for completion…

dots, milk, vest, hand, wink, belt, pond, soft, wind, sink, jump, nest, best, lift, left, pest, wept, film, gift, limp, list, link, mist, bump, dust, gulp, gust, hunt, rust, tusk, wisp, felt

Each of the target words is a CVCC word. That is, each word has four sounds, three are consonant sounds (C), and one is a vowel sound (V). In these activities the vowels are all short vowels – a i o e u - and are consistently the same sound when sound ing out and spelling.

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Phonics Activities CVCC Words - Instructions


  • Your child’s task is to write the missing letters/graphemes in each box. 
  • There are 7 sets of 3 boxes for each word at different levels of completion. 
  • The first series of three boxes contain the complete target word, and is to be used as a reference. 
  • Cover completed words before starting the exercises. 
  • One of the boxes has four dashes only _  _  _  _ and could be considered the most difficult of the tasks. Perhaps complete this box last. 


  • Cover the target words.
  • Encourage your child to sound out the sounds while writing the letters.
  • Feedback for errors, i.e. your child writes mik for milk. Say, ‘The /l/ sound comes right after the /i/ sound m…i…l…k.’ (together) Point to your child’s incorrect spelling. ‘What do you need to do?’  

Phonics Activities CVCC Words - Final Thoughts

Note that each set of three words has accompanying pictures sourced from clip-art. Each set of boxes becomes increasingly difficult, and students should not initially attempt to complete the exercises independently.

The synthetic phonics worksheets should not be viewed as a replacement for classroom based structured synthetic phonics tuition but viewed more as a support for systematic, classroom based tuition and for when your students are working through decodable readers.


Updated 12/08/2020