In Phonics, we have previously learnt the phase 2 sounds. See the link below for you to practise your own 'sound' songs each day:
See the phonics video below for phonics pronunciations. Please show your grown-ups the sounds we have learnt so far! Can you play the video back and try saying the sounds yourself?
Below is a copy of our phase 2 and 3 sounds mat. Can you point out each sound to your grown-up? Can you think of any words beginning with that sound?
Tricky words: As well as our sounds, we have been becoming familiar with our tricky words: I go no to into the me we be he my
Remember, tricky words are words which cannot be sounded out! Have a go at recognising tricky words by sight. Ask a grown up to help you if you need it.
Tricky word song: https://youtu.be/TvMyssfAUx0
Once you have practised saying your sounds, have a go at writing them.
Further activity ideas:
Play ‘eye spy’ using a small arrangement of objects from around your house. Take turns to test each other. ‘I spy something beginning with ….’
Sound hunt: Parents, ask your child to bring you something beginning with… You can aid them further by segmenting the word e.g. ‘Bring me a c-u-p’
Simon says: We have a special puppet at school called Georgie! The children enjoy the classic ‘Simon says’ game but using Georgie’s name! Try it yourself. “Georgie says, touch your h-ea-d, Georgie says, t-ur-n around” Can you get faster with your requests? Can children hear the word without you saying it fully? Maybe they could test you back?!
Alphabet salad: Children have to fill a plate with items from around the kitchen beginning with each letter of the alphabet. E.g. apple, banana, carrots, digestives, eggs, flour, greens… Be as creative as you like! Send us your pictures of your silly alphabet salads!
Once you have practised hearing your sounds, practise writing them too. Support your child to sound out words for spelling and model letter formation where required. Children learn by copying initially before building the skills to write from memory. If children are struggling to form letters, you could create small ‘dots’ for them to trace over to start with.
Blending for reading:
Once your child can recognise their sounds, it's time to practise blending them together to read whole words!
Try simple cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words initially as these are short and allow your child to hear the individual sounds as you 'chop them up'.
s - i - t
s - a - t
s - e - t
p - i - n
p - a - n
p - a - t
In school, children are taught to add sound buttons to their words to allow them to segment the words for reading. See images below.
Write a list of cvc words and see if your child can add their own buttons in.
Where a word contains a digraph (a sound made up of 2 letters), these sounds will be underlined to show the two letters make one sound. See below.
Write these words out and see if your child can add the sound buttons in before reading them aloud to you.
pick, tick, lack, sick, back, stick, lock, pack, kick
Can you make up a sentence for them to sound out and read?
e.g. The dog is black.
Once you have practised hearing your sounds, practise writing them too.
Follow this link to practise tracing over your letters:
Support your child to sound out words for spelling and model letter formation where required. Children learn by copying initially before building the skills to write from memory. If children are struggling to form letters, you could create small ‘dots’ for them to trace over to start with.
Tips for segmenting:
When encouraging your child to write, patience is key! There are lots of steps involved from hearing sounds in words to being able to place them in the correct order and then remembering how to form the letters. Try this with your child:
Say the word aloud, chop up on arm – how many sounds? What is the first sound? Where do we start when writing a word – remind them of writing from left to right. Describe how to form that sound. Repeat for the next sound.
Try starting with words using the first key sounds e.g. s, a, t, p, i, n. Try the words below:
Challenge answers - Did you get any right? Don't worry, you can practise this as many times as you like!