By now, children should be confident with each phoneme. From here on, phonics teaching is about consolidating and refining phonic knowledge, introducing more spelling patterns and tricky words, and increasing vocabulary.
In Phase 4 phonics, children will, among other things:
Children should now be blending confidently to work out new words. They should be starting to be able to read words straight off, rather than having to sound them out. They should also be able to write every letter, mostly correctly.