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Thursday 26th


Today we are going to read a story from Active Learn which uses sounds that we have been learning in phonics. The story is called - Chick gets lost. Please log into Active Learn and search for the story Chick gets lost in order to read the ebook. On the Active Learn website at the top of the screen (righthand corner) there should be a search bar where you can type in the name of the book and find it. 


The children are then going to have a go at writing some CVC words from the story, and then use them to have a go at writing a simple sentence.


CVC word is a word that is made up of a consonant, vowel and consonant sound. e.g. cat, hot, tip, man and hut are all CVC words.

CVC word picture prompts

Have a go at writing the words.

See if your child can have a go at writing the words on their own. Perhaps an adult can say the word and your child can have a go at sounding out the word and writing it

(answers below).

Sentence picture prompts

Use the picture prompts to write a simple sentence. I wonder if your child can have a go at writing a sentence on their own.

At school we remind the children to use their fingers to count how many words are in their sentence. We start the sentence with a capital letter, we use finger spaces in between each word and put a full stop at the end of the sentence.

The sentences below are some ideas of what they could write. There is a word document below if you would like to print the activity.


CVC word answers Sentence ideas



In phonics, we do the following things:

1. Sing the alphabet song (the video below is slightly different to the one we sing at school, but the children know it).

2. Practise all of the sounds that we have learned so far.

3. Practise reading words with the previous sound in.

4. Watch a video of our new sound.

5. Practise reading words with our new sound in. We segment the sounds and blend them together to say/read the word, e.g. the word cat - segment ---> c-a-t - blend ---> cat!

6. Practise writing the new sound (pre-cursive letter formation).

7. Practise writing words with the new sound in.

1. Alphabet Phonics Song

2. Practise all of the sounds that we have learned so far.

3. Practise reading words with the previous sound in - igh

4. Watch a video of our new sound - 'ee'

5. Practise reading words with our new sound in - 'ee'

6. Practise writing the new sound - ee

6. Practise writing our new sound 'ee' - e letter formation

7. Practise writing words with the new sound in - ee

Basic skills

Like last week, this is a chance to practise reading and writing skills through a variety of ways. 

At school we have a basic skills afternoon each week where we practise our high frequency words, sound box sounds and words and our reading books. We have lots of different reading and writing activities to explore linked to our phonics.

I'm going to suggest a few different things that you could do. Please don't feel like you have to do them all. There are activities from last week and few new ones too. smiley


1.) You don't have your reading books at home unfortunately, but you can read some ebooks on Active Learn and perhaps you can read one of your favourite story books with an adult at home. smiley

2.) If you're able to, you could print some high frequency words or sound box sounds and words. Or perhaps you or an adult could write some of them down on some paper and cut them out.


a. Word/sound hunt - I wonder if they could be hidden around your home. Can you go on a word hunt? I wonder how many you'll find.... When you find the words, can you read them? Perhaps you can have a go at writing them down too?


b. Reading game - Perhaps you could play a little game instead - You could place all the words, face down. See how many you can read when you turn them over.


c. Building words - Use some sound cards to build different words. I wonder what words you can build?


d. Phonics/word splat - Place some sound or word cards around on the floor/table. Can you use your hand to splat the sounds/words and read them as quickly as you can?


e. CVC snap (resource below) - Print or write the words on some paper and cut them out. Turn all the words over. Can you play a game of snap with someone at home? If the words are tricky to read, remember to use your robot arms to 'sound them out'. Enjoy! 


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e. CVC snap game

f. Word blocks - If you have some construction bricks at home, perhaps you could stick on some phonic sounds and then use them to build some words.


g. Phonics or word fish - You could make your own fish with phonics sounds/words/high frequency words on and play a fishing game with someone. When you 'catch' a fish, can you say the sound/word? Maybe you could write it down too. I wonder how many fish you'll catch? There a resources below to help with this activity...smiley


h. Cupcake sounds - If you have a cupcake tray and some cases, perhaps an adult can write some sounds/words on each cupcake case. Can you say the sound/word and match a picture/object to the sound/word?

You could do this without a cupcake tray/cases too - just use paper and some objects/pictures.


i. Blending washing line - Use some sound cards or pieces of paper with sounds written on them. Can you peg the sounds to the line to build a word? Can you blend the sounds together to say the word? Maybe you could have a go at writing it down too?


j. Egg box sounds/words - If you have a spare egg box at home, perhaps you could use this to help you build some words. Write some sounds on pieces of paper (bottle tops are used in the image) and try and build some words.


k. CVC sliders - This is a fun game. Use the sliders to read as many words as you can. Most are real words, but some may be fake. When you read the word think - Can I use this word in a sentence?

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3.)  Can you draw some pictures of things that have the igh sound in? Perhaps you could have a look at the I spy picture below. I wonder what you can find that has the igh sound in? What else you can you see? What sound does it begin with? Can you hear any other sounds in the word?

I spy - igh (click to enlarge)

4.) Take a look at these phonics websites. There are lots of different games that you can explore. 


Phonics bloom has a variety of phonics games - focus on phase 2 and 3.
Phonics Play also has lots of different phonics games. Again, focus on phase 2 and 3.