Teaching Phonics

ou words – Phonics Poster


A FREE PRINTABLE phonics sound poster which focuses on auditory discrimination for ou 


ou Words

ou Vowel Digraph Poster 

words with ou

Phonics Poster – words with ou

This phonics poster explores the sound combining the letters o & u make when reading English.

Words with ou List


 How to Download Your Words that have ou in them Phonics Poster:

  1. Add the ou words poster to your Cart using the ‘Add to Cart’ Button. NB You can only get the resources 5 at a time. #longstory
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One Way to Use this Poster:

  1. Students sit in pairs.
  2. Introduces the words with ou in them poster on the website.
  3. Model giving clues for the students to guess e.g. ‘When it hasn’t rained in a very long time ________’, ‘When someone plays the drums it can be very _________’. 
  4. Students guess the word and spell it to their partner. 
  5. In pairs the students create clues for their partner to guess.
Another Possible to Use this Poster:
  1. Complete a running record or a student.
  2. If the ou sound appears to be a sound the student needs knowledge on, go to and find & print the ou words poster.
  3. Explore the poster together.
  4. Place the poster in a loose leaf folder to create a book or personal sounds the student needs to work on. 

Yet Another Way You Might Like to Use this Poster

  • Recorded Reading – students record themselves reading the word lists (phone, tablet, PC) and listen to themselves reading the words back. Ask them to identify words they need to practice and what they perceive to be the problem. How will we fix that problem?

Where to Next?

How about a sh words poster or a CVC Phonics Game

Quote about Reading – ‘What is Worth Reading’