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Phonics Sound Wall Display

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 27 pages | Years: F - 6

A beautiful sound wall display for your classroom!

Enhance your phonics program by displaying the phonemes your students are currently mastering. The display will enrich your students’ growing understanding of how our spoken language is recorded in print.

What Is a Sound Wall?

A sound wall is an organised display of the sounds (phonemes) and their matching letters (graphemes) that we use in our language. While there are 26 letters in our alphabet, we use many different combinations of letters to write down (i.e. represent) the sounds in our speech.

The beauty of a sound wall is that it allows students to see the variety of ways to spell one sound, thus building a stronger understanding of spelling patterns.

How Will I Use This Phonics Sound Wall Display?

While the English language includes more than 200 graphemes, we have carefully selected those graphemes (and their corresponding phonemes) that your students are most likely to come across in the primary classroom.

This sound wall consists of four sets of sounds:

  • consonants
  • short vowels
  • long vowels
  • other vowels.

The graphemes cards included are:


b, bb, c, ck, k, ch (choir), d, dd, f, ff, ph, g, gg, h, j, ge, dge, l, ll, m, mm, mb, n, nn, kn, gn, p, pp, qu, r, rr, wr, s, ss, ce, t, tt, v, ve, w, wh, x, y, z, zz, s (bugs), sh, ti, ci, ch (chef), ch (chair), tch, th (soft), th (hard), ng.

Short Vowels

a, e, ea (head), i, y (gym), o, a (swan), u.

Long Vowels

a_e, ai, ay, a (apron), ey, eigh, ea (leaf), ee, y (fly), i_e, ie, i, igh, o_e, oa, oe, o, ow (snow), u_e, u, oo (boot), ui, ew, ue.

Other Vowels

ar, or, ore, oor, er, ir, oi, oy, ow (cow), ou (cloud), oo (book), air, are, ear, eer, ur, (w)or, au, aw, a(ll).


As you introduce phonemes to your students, display the cards to form a wall. Typically, vowels are grouped together in one area of the display and consonants are placed in another.

Each phoneme within a set is a specific colour, e.g. all ā sounds are pink, all ē sounds are blue etc. Display the various graphemes that represent the same sound together as a group, e.g. for the ĕ phoneme, place the ‘e’ as in ‘bed’ card with the ‘e’ as in ‘head’ card nearby.

Mix and match the components of the sound wall to suit your needs.

You will not only increase your students’ phonemic awareness with this colourful display, but you will be laying solid foundations for their decoding and spelling skills.

Want to know more about sound walls? Read our blog Why Teachers Are Adopting Sound Walls Over Word Walls?



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  • Lyn Sciberras

    Is there a way to print the banner over more than 1 page?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Lyn, Please contact us at [email protected] and we'll help you get it happening.

  • Sb Ts

    This file is so large and will not print properly.

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Sb Ts, We're sorry to hear you're having trouble. Please contact us at [email protected] and we'll help you work through the problem.

  • Rachael Luck

    Love this resource however it is missing a matching banner..can we have that added please?

  • Aimee Eberhard

    Is it possible to have this in black and white so that we can print on brown paper please? Thank you!

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Aimee, Thank you so much for your comment! So we can keep all of our suggestions together, please submit a change suggestion to this resource using the Changes & Updates tab above the comments section. Thanks again!

  • Kathy Gennari

    HI, Struggling to see why oo (moon, boot) is in the long /u/ poster when perhaps it would be better placed on a new 'ew' poster with suit, screw, blue. Long /u/ isn't articulated in these words. Hope this makes sense! Thanks

    • Holly (Teach Starter)

      Thanks so much for your comment, Kathy. Yes, we can see what you are saying - some words containing the long u vowel sound include the 'y' at the beginning and some do not. Our Early Years teacher who created this resource completed extensive research into many phonics programs to determine what was the most effective way of displaying this, it can certainly get overwhelming with all of the different graphemes and phonemes. Many sound walls include both together as the long u sound, as we have done. Perhaps when using this resource you could split them yourself and use this as a learning opportunity for your students - they could determine if they see a pattern in the words that have more of a 'y' at the beginning of the sound. We hope this response is helpful.

  • Courtney Harding

    Would I be possible to do this in state fonts? Also for the /j/ sound like jelly, could you also make a g card - like giraffe or gym please?

    • Dean Hughes

      Hi Courtney, thanks for getting in touch! If possible, could you please submit those two change suggestions as two separate suggestions by clicking the 'Changes & Updates' tab above the comment section? Thanks!

  • Jenny Natoli

    Hi is it possible to have those charts in vic pre cursive print?

    • Dean Hughes

      Hi Jenny! Thank you for your comment. So we can keep all of our suggestions and requests together, can you please submit a change request to this resource using the Changes & Updates tab above? This tab can be found near the comments section.