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For the next two weeks we are going to be consolidating some of the digraphs we have previously introduced either at school or through home-learning activities. As children are introduced to a wider variety of digraphs it is particularly important to pause and consolidate prior learning, especially when so many of the Phase 3 digraphs include similar letters.

This week our activities focus on three vowel digraphs; ee, ai, and oa. 



  • Watch Miss Hordon’s video to learn about our weekly phonics focus - consolidating the digraphs ‘ee, ai, and oa.’ 

  • Digraph Sorting - Before you begin the activity, gather a handful of objects/pictures from around the house that contain the digraphs ‘ee’ ‘oa’ ‘ai’  and place them together in a pile. To one side, have the digraph flashcards for the three focus digraphs spread out, ready for the children to sort the objects into. Ask your child to select an object e.g. boat and sound talk the object b-oa-t (if they are finding segmenting the words into smaller units of sound, model this first and ask them to repeat back to you.) Can they identify the digraph that is within the word and sort it into the correct digraph pile? Once finished sorting all of the objects, can they try to write the words on paper and them to match the objects?



  • Digraph Detectives - Prior to the activity can you write a range of words containing digraphs we have taught. Ask your child to become a detective by reading the word cards and identify the digraph that is within the word. The could underline it, or place a circle around the digraph. Magnifying glasses are optional!

  • Phonics Play Phase 3 Picnic On Pluto - Select the digraphs ‘ai’ ‘ee’ ‘oa’ and join in with a game of Picnic on Pluto; segmenting, reading and sorting real and nonsense words.

  • Reading Captions and Matching to Pictures (Attached below) - Now we are going to use some words containing digraphs within our sentences. Can you read the sentences and match them to the correct pictures. Remember to search for any digraph you can see and tell your grown up!


  • Sound Shot Put - Use three hoops/buckets as targets and label each one with a digraph e.g. ‘ee, ai, oa’. Gather soft toys or other items that you can use to throw into the targets.You could begin by shouting out a digraph and asking your child to throw the toy into the correct hoop. As you progress you could shout a word containing one of the digraphs and see if they are able to identify the digraph in the word.  Each toy in the correct hoop is a point!

  • Jigsaw Sentences ‘ee’ ‘ai’ ‘oa’ - This game focuses on reading and arranging words in the correct order so the sentences make sense! It may be tricky at first, so try to use sentences with 3 or 4 words before increasing. Write the sentence out on card/paper first and then cut up into individual words - ensure to use punctuation in the sentences such as a capital letter and full stop as this will give the children clues when they are ordering. Spread the words out and ask your child to read them individually, can they spot any words with a clue to help them identify which may go first/last? Support them in ordering, checking to see if the word order makes sense. Repeat with others. Example sentences using four words are listed below:

  1. A bee can buzz.

  2. The tree is green.

  3. The chain is big.

  4. The tail is long.

  5. A boat can sail.

  6. The toad can jump.


Thursday - Tricky Words

  • Play Flashcard Ships to revise all Phase 3 sounds taught so far. https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/flash-cards?phase=3#

  • Tricky Word Snap - Have lots of flashcards of a few ‘tricky’ words. Take turns to put one card on the table and say what it is. Then the next player puts one on top, and says it. Continue until you get two the same, and the winner is the person who puts their hand on them first and shouts ‘Snap!’

  • Missing Tricky Word Sentences - Using the attached PowerPoint can you identify which tricky word is missing from the sentence?

Friday - Interactive Games

  • Using Phonics Play, choose three or four of your favourite games to play. A suggested sequence of games is as follows; 

  1. Sound and Digraph Recognition - Grab a Giggling Grapheme, Flashcard Speed Trial

  2. Tricky Word Revision - Tricky Word Trucks

  3. Blending Sounds to Read - Pick a Picture

  4. Segmentation for Writing - Space Race, Rocket Rescue

  5. Reading Sentences - Sentence Substitution or Sentences Phase 3


Additional Resources

In each section below we have included a range of different worksheets linked to 'ee' 'ai' and 'oa' to further consolidate the digraphs explored this week. Please don't feel that you have to complete every sheet in each digraph section; they are there as a guide for you to use should you wish to do so.