Phonics Activities CVC Words

Phonics Activities CVC 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.

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

Phonics Activities CVC Words - Instructions

The CVC word lists for completion can be downloaded at the end of this page. Each page in the download will feature a picture of the target word with words that will be missing letters.

It is important that your child sound out each phoneme while writing the missing letters/graphemes. An important principle of synthetic phonics is that the sound is the most important thing, the letter/s should be thought of as the grapheme symbol that represents the sound.

Word list for completion…

tap, nap, pot, pan, sip, not, tin, pat, pin, man, pit, pip


Your child’s task is to write the missing letters/graphemes in each box. 

There are 7 box sets of 3. Each word is 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 next level of exercises. 


Cover the target words.

Encourage your child to sound out the sounds while writing the letters.

Feedback for errors, i.e. your child writes tis for sit.

Say, ‘The first sound in this word is /s/. Listen as I say the sound /s/.’ Point to the letter t at your child’s attempt to write sit.

Say. ‘This is the /t/ sound. The first sound is /s/.’ Point to both the t and the s spellings. Prompt your child, ‘What do you need to do?’ 

The correct response would be to swap the t spelling with the s spelling.

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Phonics Activities CVC 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 23/07/2020