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We will send home a phonic book with each child so they can practise their sound recognition at home. The sounds are in the order in which we teach the children in line with the Governments Letters and sounds programme. Under each sound it states how each sound should be said and the accompanying action to help the children remember them.

If you need any help with the phonic book please get in touch via the class Dojo.

Activities to Support Spelling

  • Play ‘I spy’ but use the letter sounds, not the letter names. E.g., ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with c-c-c-c (cat) or sh-sh-sh’ (shop). Repeat this now using rhyming words. ‘I hear with my little ear a word that rhymes with can’ (pan). You can use nonsense words e.g., ‘han’.
  • Magnetic letters on a baking tray instantly makes a spelling board. Use these activities: ask your child to make words in rhyming strings e.g., rat, cat, mat. Ask them to make a nonsense word for you to sound out. Make words and break them into sounds or syllables. Make an easy word such as ‘dog’ and then ask them to change the first sound to make another word (hog) or to change the final sound (dot).
  • Arrange jumbled letters to spell the names of animals etc. correctly. Example: rezab (zebra).
  • Ask your child: ‘What’s the difference between the sounds in the words ‘band’ and ‘sand’?’
  • Use their favourite book and ask them to look for a chosen word or letter e.g., a word beginning with a particular letter, the sound ‘sh’, a word ending in ‘ed’ or an ‘s’ plural, words that look nearly the same but only one letter different. Get them to copy these words on to paper.