Phonics Things Explained

What are Sound Mats?

What is a sound mat? How do I use one? Mrs Connick explains we use sound mats to support children with their phonics. You can use them at home to help your child become more familiar with sounds and support them with their writing outside of the classroom.

What is Segmenting (or sounding out)?

Mrs Connick explains what segmenting or sounding out is and how children begin to learn to segment in the early stages of their phonics journey.

What is Blending?

Mrs Connick explains how children learn to blend words together. She will cover oral blending, blending in reading and blending for writing demonstrating how we use 'robot arms and phonics fingers' as a tool to help children to write words.

What are Sound Buttons?

Watch Mrs Connick explain what sound buttons are and how we use them to support children with segmenting words into their smallest possible sounds. At home try the simple dots and dashes, colourful buttons to press, playdough buttons or even jumping on chalk spots outdoors. All these things can help a child to distinguish between sounds in words. Visit the Phonics family website or on Facebook to find out more ways to make sound buttons fun and engaging.

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Reception Phonics with Mrs Connick

Phase 3 /qu/ for quack

Have a go at segmenting and blending words with /qu/ as well as some writing practise in Mrs Connick's rubber duck game. Recap all of the phase 3 sounds and tricky words too. You will need a paper and pencil or miniboard and pen. Mute the sound on the recap sections for extra challenge!

Phase 3 /ch/ for chip

Have a practise of sounding out and blending words with /ch/. Join Mrs Connick to recap phase 3 sounds and tricky words and play Roll and Read. You will need a paper and pencil or miniboard and pen.

Phase 3 /sh/ for shop

Join in to practise sounding and blending words with /sh/. We will be playing Bingo as well! Have a go at recapping all of the sounds and tricky words. You will need a pencil and paper or miniboard and pen.

Phase 3 /th/ for that

Practise sounding out and blending word containing /th/. Mrs Connick will talk about common mistakes with /th/ and we will play a fun dinosaur game to practise writing words with /th/. You will need a paper and pencil or miniboard and pen.

Phase 3 /ng/ for ring

Have a practise using digraph /ng/. We will be using our robot arms and phonics fingers to sounds words with /ng/ as well as playing a Duck Pond Game and writing down words with /ng/ as well. You will need paper and a pencil or miniboard and pen. Pause the video for extra time or mute the recap sections for additional challenge!

Phase 3 /ai/ for rain

Join in with this re-cap of /ai/ for rain and sail. Our game today is the Party Bag Game. All you need is a paper and pencil or miniboard and pen. We will go through all of the phase 3 sounds, tips and hints to help you and all tricky words so far. Remember to pause the video at any point if you need extra time.

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Year 1 Phonics with Miss Whitehead

Phase 5 Session 1: igh, ie and split digraph i-e

All you will need is something to write on. You can pause the video at anytime to give yourself a little more time to read or write the words and sentence.

Phase 5 Session 2: ai, ay and split digraph a-e

You will need something to write on and a piece of paper with the words ‘yes’ on one side and ‘no’ on the other,

Phase 5 Session 3: oa, oe and split digraph o-e

You will need a something to write on and a sheet with the number 1 to 6 written down the side.

Phase 5 Session 4: oo, ue and split digraph u-e

All you need is something to write on to join in with this session

Phase 5 Session 5: ee, ea and split digraph e-e

All will need something to write on to join in with this session.

Phase 5 Session 6: aw digraph

Just something to write on to join in with this session

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Phonics Family

Helipad Phonics

You can play this with decodable words, tricky words, digraphs, trigraphs or initial sounds. I chose to focus on the tricky words from Phase 5. Just adapt what you write on the helicopters to suit your child and their focus. For full instructions visit the @phonicsfamily Facebook page.

Phonics Eye Spy

Eye Spy 🧐 Two different ways to play. 1. Play using initial sounds where we found objects that began with certain sounds and then matched them to the letter. 2. Segment (sound out) the word and then your child blends the sounds and matches the object to the word. I drew pictures next to the words as my son is just 3 so just exposing him to the written word is brilliant but older children will need to read the word and put the object next to it. For more information visit @phonicsfamily on Facebook

Silly Soup

Great for nursery age children to listen to the sounds and try and blend them together but to make it harder you could show word cards and your child reads the card and then adds the object to the soup. They love stirring the soup every time 🥄 For more information follow @phonicsfamily on Facebook

Island Hopping

Attach some cards to some floor mats/tiles. Two ways to play depending on age and phase. 1. You say the phoneme (sound) and your child quickly runs to the corresponding mat and hops on the 'island'. 2. Put mats next to each other to make words. Every time you hop on an 'island' you say the sound and then blend all the sounds together to make a word at the end Great to promote physical development too. For more information go to @phonicsfamily on Facebook.

Phonics Splat

Can you splat it? Yes you can! For nursery and pre-school aged children you can say the sounds and they have to blend the sounds together and splat the corresponding picture. If they can say the word as they splat then even better! You can then move on to identify letters and older children you say a word and they splat the correct spot. I used an old toy hammer here but you could easily just use a hand to splat! Visit @phonicsfamily on Facebook for more information.

Phonics Phone

For this activity I wrote some graphemes on small bits of masking tape and stuck them on to a rectangular tray. I rolled up some playdough and stuck them above the graphemes. These will act as buttons like on a phone and offer a real sensory experience when squishing them. Your child picks a card, presses the corresponding buttons, blends the sounds together to make the word and picks another card. This activity is done to a timer. ⏳ How many words can you segment and blend in a minute?

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Mrs Connick’s Story Time

The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson

"Whose are these footprints and where do they go?" Follow the story of the Gruffalo's Child to find out where all of the footprints lead and if there really is such a thing as the big bad mouse.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn by Julia Donaldson

A magical wishing story for all of the unicorn and pony fans out there. What would you wish for if you had some unicorn wishes?

The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

The greedy Highway Rat came riding, riding, riding along the Highway! We especially like this story because we enjoy the cake shop at the end too!

The Hairy Toe by Daniel Postgate

In the mood for a spooky story? We love this story eventhough it is very strange and a little bit creepy!

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

We love this classic story by Julia Donaldson. Join in with actions and words.

Winnie and the Big Bad Robot by Valerie Thomas

Winnie has a problem with this naughty robot that she has created! See if she can magic things better again and don't forget to join in with 'Abracadabra!'

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