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Letters and Sounds Live Phonics Lessons:

Letters and Sounds, the phonics scheme that we follow in school, releases live phonics sessions everyday. The schedule is below to let you know which sounds are on which day - the Reception sessions are at 10.00am but they are all uploaded and available for you to watch once they have been shown live. You'll find access to all of the Letters and Sounds sessions by following this link:


You could follow the live sessions, or search previous sessions and focus on specific sounds that your child finds tricky. 

As we are focusing on consolidation this week, you may wish to recap the digraphs through the videos - specific links to the three digraph lessons are below should you wish to use them.

Phonics -  Consolidating OI, OW, OR



  • Watch Mrs Bulpitt’s video to learn about our weekly phonics focus - consolidating the digraphs ‘oi, ow, and or.’ 

  • Digraph Sorting - Gather objects that contain our focus digraphs. To one side, have the digraph flashcards for the three focus digraphs spread out. Ask your child to select an object e.g. fork and sound talk the object. Can they identify the digraph that is within the word and sort it into the correct digraph pile? 

  • Digraph Sentences - Choose one of your favourite items from each digraph pile. Can you construct a sentence for each one and write it down using capital letters, full stops and clear finger spaces. Maybe you could try to use a connective in your sentence e.g. The cow has legs and a tail. 



  • Digraph Detectives - Prior to the activity can you write a range of words containing digraphs our focus digraphs. 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. 

  • Reading Captions and Matching to Pictures - 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. ‘ow, oi, or’. Gather items that you can use to throw into the targets. Begin by shouting out a digraph and asking your child to throw the toy into the correct hoop. Each toy in the correct hoop is a point!

  • Digraph Jigsaw Sentences - Write sentences out first and then cut up into individual words. 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. Example sentences using four words are listed below:

    • The thorn is sharp.

    • The soil is brown. 

    • The gown is long.

Thursday - Tricky Words

  • Soak the Tricky Words! -  Chalk out some tricky words on the ground, or write some on paper and attach to a wall outdoors. Call out tricky words for the children to soak with their water guns, hoses or water balloons. In Reception, we aim for all children to be confident with Phase 3 tricky words, however if your child is confident in Phase 3, you can extend to Phase 4 or 5 words which were included in your packs.  

  • Magic Camera - It is important that children are able to spell and write Phase 2/3 tricky words. To help, you could play Magic Camera which encourages your child to take a mental image of the word. To take a picture we use our ‘Magic Camera’, imitating a camera and taking a picture when reading the word. You could show your child a flashcard of a tricky word, or you may wish to use the interactive PowerPoint attached below. If your child is finding it tricky to recall the sequence of letters within the words, we have attached below a ‘Look, Write and Cover’ sheet as an aid.

Additional Digraph Resources;

In each section below we have included a range of different worksheets linked to 'ow' 'oi' and 'or' 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.