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  • Watch Miss Hordon’s video to introduce the new digraph (ar) and to give examples of words containing that particular digraph. 

  • Using the powerpoint, can you go through and segment the words containing our new digraph before heading around your house to find something which includes the digraph. 

  • Write a list of the items you found and share with your teachers.

  • You can also watch Geraldine the Giraffe (ar) on YouTube for further help and support with ar objects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJtvjxBYg7I


  • Sound Hunt - Write 10 digraphs on little bits of paper and hide them around an indoor or outdoor area. The aim is for them to find all 10 sounds and then to make as many different real or nonsense words as they can with their sounds. As an extra challenge, can you write the words down? 

  • Sentence Construction - Choose a picture that contains an ‘ar’ e.g. jar. Explain to your child that they need to listen carefully to the sentence you are about to give them e.g. - ‘The jar is red.’ Ask your child to repeat the sentence in order to support them in recalling the order of words needed - you could whisper the sentence, shout the sentence, tell a sibling, or say the sentence in a funny voice! Model counting how many words are in the sentence using your fingers. Prior to writing, remind your child of what is needed to make a successful sentence - a capital letter, clear finger spaces, letters placed on a line and a full stop to finish!

  • Suggested sentence list - choose two or three of the sentences below to write. Can you also make up your own sentence?!

  1. The jar is red.

  2. A dog can bark.

  3. We like to go to the park.

  4. A car can zoom down a road.

  5. The shark can swim fast.


  • Phonics Play Online Games - Play Make A Match (oo, oa, ar). Click on two cards to turn them over. Can you find a pair with a matching picture and word? If you don’t make a match, the cards will turn back over. How quickly can you find all of the pairs?
  • Full Circle - To play this game children will need a piece of paper, pencil, a whiteboard or any mark making material you fancy! The game Full Circle focuses on segmentation and sound identification. Below is a list of the words we will need for the game:

                                                                          bark - shark - sharp - shop - chop - chin - chain - pain - park - bark

  1. Say the first word, bark. Ask your child to segment the word and write it down at the top of their page or whiteboard.  Explain that they are going to keep changing letters to make lots of words and that when they make ‘bark’ again, they may call out Full Circle to signal the activity has ended. 

  2.  Ask them to segment the next word in the list, shark, Can they identify which letter needs to be changed? Ask them to write the new word underneath their first word

  3. Repeat with each word in the list until the first word comes round again and then say Full circle!


  • Sound Raffle - Write a selection of digraphs on little pieces of coloured paper. Fold them up and place them in a container. Let your child know which colour paper they are to take. The aim is to say the sounds on their bit of paper once they have unfolded it, and then run, skip or hop to the ‘prize’ table to choose an item from it that begins with or contains that sound. 

  • Tricky Word Bingo - Can you create your own tricky word bingo board which includes a range of tricky words that you have been practising? Choose whichever tricky words you wish, selecting a small handful as target words that you’d like your child to focus on in particular. You will also need something to cover your words e.g. counters, lego pieces, pom-poms.

    • Ask your grown ups to shout out a tricky word. Can you find the correct word as quickly as possible and cover it with your counter?! Give your grown up an example of a sentence that includes that tricky word. If you want an extra challenge, maybe you could write two or three sentences that include some of the tricky words you’ve found!

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