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Daily Phonics

Week Commencing 18th January.

This week we are learning 3 of the split digraphs.  These are a certain way of writing the long vowel sounds.  The long vowel sounds are the same as the name of the letter that starts it: a_e /ay/, e_e /ee/, i_e /igh/.  They are split by a consonant - they used to be known as a, 'magic e'.


The video attached shows how to read the graphemes and gives some examples of words.  Please stop at 3:44 as we will look at the other split digraphs next week.


Monday: a_e

Tuesday: e_e

Wednesday - Spellling Challenge / High Frequency word test.

Thursday: i_e

Friday - Feel Good Friday


Have a go at the activities but you could also go on a sound hunt in books/ magazines you may have around your house.  

Previous Week's Learning


I have attached a link to the Jolly Phonics Letters and Sounds Action Songs.  This video, although long, shows how to do an action for each sound but also show different ways of writing the sound.  This is a good one to go back to and your children may remember the songs from school.


Today we are learning a new digraph that usually comes at the end of the word and makes the sound, /ee/.  The way we write it is: ey.


Have a look at the song to see some words that end in this digraph.


I will also include a sheet for you to have a go at writing the words to match the picture.  You can write the words in your yellow book. The sheet shows a phoneme frame under the pictures. Each box represents one sound so a digraph (2 letters, 1 sound) would go in one box.  Choose which sheet you share with your child. 


Today is spelling challenge day so no new letters/sounds today.


  1. Practise reading the sounds on the sheets you were given before Christmas.
  2. Also, Phonics Play can now be accessed at home for free and there are some nice games on there to consolidate learning so far.  We play some of these games in class.  We are working on Phase 5 and have got up to, 'oe'.  The login is: jan21 password: home  Ask your child which games they would like to explore.



Today we are learning a new way of writing the /oa/ sound that you learned in Phase 3 phonics.  When you hear an /oa/ sound at the end of a word it could be spelt like this: oe.  There are not so many words with this spelling.  Sometimes it is used when  a word is plural, (more than one) like, 'potatoes' or, 'tomatoes'.


Have a go at one or more of the activities.  If you don't have a dice, you could write the numbers 1 - 6 on pieces of paper and select the from a bag, without looking.

The song is cheesy but quite catchy too.


Before Christmas we had started the phase 5 phonics.  Some children had already learned some of the graphemes and can use them really well in their reading and some are just starting out - that is fine.


This week we are going to be learning three digraphs - 2 letters 1 sound.

On Monday you will learn or revise the sound /ph/.  Can you find it on the sheet I gave you before Christmas?  Have a quick read through those graphemes to remind yourselves - how quickly can you read them and can your remember the actions?


Please watch the videos below and then complete an activity to read words and spot the nonsense and real words.

All words are nonsense until we know what they mean - that is why they are included in phonics as we are working as code crackers.  Once we can crack the reading code, we can read for comprehension.


If you have already learned the ph digraph (Green phonics team)

I would like you to write this sentence.  Could an adult dictate it to you and you write it down in your best writing.  Choose if you are going to write a f or ph.

It is fun to do phonics for a dolphin.