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This week in Phonics we will be recapping all the sounds we have learnt so far and applying these to our reading and writing. 


Click on the PowerPoints below to practise all your sounds.

CVC/VC Word Activity

If your child is practising to stretch their words to hear more sounds in order to create VC or CVC words, the please look at the activities below.


Frog Hop:

With your child have a go at making and cutting out a frog and some lilypads. Or print out the resources below. If you child doesn't want to have a frog you could ask them if they would like to be the frog instead and jump/read the lilypads themselves.

When your child has their frog and lilypads ready, write different VC/CVC words on them and lay them out on the floor. Make sure the sounds in a word are close together and all the words are seperate from each other. Ask your child to have a go at getting their frog to hop on to the lilypads saying each sound as they go. Encourage them to blend the sounds together to say the word. If your child is unsure have a go at saying the word really slowly so they can hear the different sounds and how they fit together to say the whole word.

To make it more fun if your child says the word correctly you could have a 'fly' on the last lilypad that the frog could eat or collect to see how many they get right. I wonder how many they can figure out?



Stair Blending:


Using left over sellotape or masking tape from Christmas, cut off small strips and write on each strip a sound, to put on each of your steps (If you do not have sellotape then pieces of paper can be used instead). The sounds must be chosen and placed carefully so when said together they make a word, eg. bed (Please see picture above).

Encourage your child to read and blend the sounds together every time they walk up the stairs. You could have two or three different words, leaving a step without a sound on in between to help them with identifying it as a different word.

You could change the words daily or challenge your children to create their own words. What sounds would they need? What sound is first in that word?




Initial Sounds Activity

If your child is practising to hear and recognise the initial sounds in words then please see the activity below.


Ready to eat Robot:

With your child have a go at creating your own hungry robot. To do this you could cover a box with foil, cutting out a rectangle shape for his mouth and drawing on some eyes (Please see the picture above for an idea). Once you have made your robot set you child the challenge of finding things around the house or drawing things that start with your chosen sound eg. 'r'.

Can they think of different things beginning with that sound? If mistaken can they understand why they might be wrong? 

You could have different pictures laid out in front of the robot instead that they need to sort through to chose from. Please find pictures below that you can print out.




Recognising Sounds

To help your child with recognising their sounds, maybe you would like to have a try at completing the activity below.


Investigating Letters:

For this activity you will need to fill a tray with flour, rice, glitter or sand. Once you have done this you will need to hide letters underneath (these could be letters you have at home or pieces of paper with different letters written on). You will also need a separate piece of paper that you can divide up into a grid (like in the picture above). Write in the first column the different sounds you are wanting your child to find. Pick some sounds that you know your child is struggling with recognising.

Ask your child if they would like to help you with being a detective and helping you find the missing letters. Point to the first letter on your grid and encourage your child to read the letter. They then will be set the challenge of finding that letter in the tray. Once they have found the letter, ask them to place it on the grid and encourage them to have a go at writing the letter.

Can they say the different letters? Do they know the name of the letter and its sound? Can they identify the letter when it is not on its own? Can they write the letter using school handwriting?

As a challenge you may ask them to think of a word starting with that sound.


To make this more fun provide your child with a spoon that they can use to help them search for the different letters. You could also get them to use gloves, use a magnifying glass or wear 'detective clothing'




Reading Activity:

To continue with using our detective skills Miss Campbell has set you the challenge to have a go at also being 'digraph detectives' too!


Although children recognise digraphs (Two letters that make one sound eg. 'or '- shut the door) and trigraphs (Three letters that make one sound eg. 'air' - thats not fair) when written on their own they don't always recognise them when they are in the middle of a word. Being a digraph/trigraph detective is a good way of encouraging your children to notice the sounds when reading, ensuring they are more accurate when sounding out the words phonetically. 


How to be a digraph detective:

1. When your child is reading and they come to a word that they are finding difficult to read encourage them to look at the sounds within the words before attempting to read it again. Ask them to be a digraph detective. You could say, "Have a look at the word, are there any digraphs or trigraphs in that word? What are they? Now have a go at reading that word again.

If your child is still unsure and unable to notice the digraphs/trigraphs then point the digraph out to your child and demonstrate the sound it makes. You may then set them the challenge to see if they can notice any more of that certain digraph/trigraph in the book.


2. Have a trigraph or digraph of the day eg. 'ai' - snail in the rain and encourage your child to be on the look out for that certain digraph or trigraph when reading. It may be that they don't just notice it when reading their book but instead notice it on a street sign, recipe or comic. I wonder how many times they can notice that sound in a day? Are there some sounds that they notice more than others?


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