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Miss F's Phonics Group:


Today we are going to be learning our Phase 3 tricky words. Watch and join in with this tricky word song:


Your activity today is to write these tricky words on small pieces of paper or post-it notes:


he she and the no go to we me be was my into


Now put each word on a step of your stairs. If you don't have stairs, put them in your hallway. Each time you walk past these words, you have to read them. You can keep your words there all day. Can your grown-ups join in? Have a look at the photo example below:


If you would like a challenge, here are some harder tricky words that we haven't covered in Letters and Sounds yet but you may already know from reading your own books:


are all they you her 


Mrs Haylor's Phonics Group:


Today we are learning a new grapheme ew.


To begin our lesson, practise Phase 4 and 5 graphemes: Play Flashcards: Speed Trial, Flashcards: Time Challenge.


Watch these short videos by Mr Thorne to learn more.  Mr Thorne explains that the ew grapheme can make two slightly different sounds as in blew and stew.


Can you have a go and read the following sentences:


A balloon blew up in the air and flew away.

My nephew is called Drew.

What can you do if you find a screw in your stew?


Today's Task: 

Complete the Real or Nonsense words /ew/ sheet.

Mrs Willis' Phonics Group:


Today we are going to revisit last week’s work on the alternative spellings for the /ai/ phoneme.

Play the game Flashcards to practise reading graphemes that have been learned in earlier phases (including new ones from Phase 5a). Flashcards: Speed Trial, Flashcards: Time Challenge.


What is the best bet when spelling words with the /ai/phoneme?



Play Quickwrite: Get your grown up to test you on the reading and spelling of these words:


make, clay, snail, eight, grey, date, tray


Think about the phonemes that you can distinguish easily first. Then think carefully about the tricky part of the word (the /ai/ phoneme).


Practise reading these sentences.


I ate eight rashers of bacon today.

Should you always obey and do what your mates say?

How much do you think a whale's brain would weigh?



How many different /ai/ words can you write in one minute?