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CVC Word Cards

These cards can be used in different ways.  You can use objects found in the house instead if you prefer.  

REMEMBER: Your child making progress is all that matters.  This is NOT a list of everything your child should already be doing, it is a developmental journey in which each child will travel at their own pace.

  • Ask your child to name each picture and practise hearing the initial sounds.  Lay a selection of the cards out and say a sound - can your child find a picture beginning with that sound.
  • Once your child is confident hearing the initial sounds, use your best robot voice and say all the sounds of a word - can your child hear the word and find the correct picture?
  • As above, but encourage your child to be the robot. At every stage model, scaffold and support so that your child feels that they are achieving.
  • If you feel your child is ready then begin to model pointing to and saying each sound then blend them together to read the word.
  • The Phase 2 Tricky Words found below can be learned, they are sight words - highlight to your child that these are words to learn by looking at them because when we try to sound them out (in a very 'Mr Tumble' type manner if possible..!!) they sound all wrong!
You might find these CVC word PowerPoint activities fun!

Phase One Phonic Elements

These elements are explained fully in Week Four (with examples) but this is just a reminder of all the aspects you could be practising.

  • Environmental Sounds - I can listen to, identify and join in with making sounds
  • Instrumental Sounds - I can distinguish between 2 or 3 instruments

  • Body Percussion - I can use my body to make sounds (tap feet, clap hands)

  • Rhyme  - I can recognise and understand rhymes / I can continue a rhyming string

  • Rhythm - I can copy and maintain a steady beat

  • Alliteration - I can complete a short alliterative sentence

  • Voice Sounds - I can copy a range of voice sounds that the adult makes (chchch, zzzzz, shhhhh)

  • Initial Sounds - I can identify the intial sound when an adult points to the picture.

  • Oral Blending - I can blend the sounds together when the teacher sounds them out (robot voice)

  • Oral Segmenting - I can segment the word into phonemes (individual sounds) when the teacher says the word

Sound Match Activity

Match each sound to their black and white version.  This activity can also be used to practise sound recognition, remembering to pratise sound actions to support recall.  Lay out several sounds and give your child objects that start with each sound. Ask your child to match the object to the sound.

BBC Bitesize

A series of short videos introducing all the Phase 2 initial sounds.

The Phase 3 section blends CVC (Consonant Vowel Consonant) words to begin to read them.

Initial Sounds Interactive Powerpoints (TWINKL)

Your child will hopefully recognise these activities from our Literacy focus time in Nursery.  

Ask your child to name each picture then support them in hearing the initial sounds. 

Help them to move the correct pictures into the frame.

Initial Sounds Sorting

This activity is much more fun if you collect together different objects/toys and ask your child to sort them by initial sound into your preprepared sets (bowls, hoops, A4 paper -  with sounds written on them).

If you do choose to print the activity out then you may have to talk through some of the pictures with your child first to check that they know what everything is.


Phonic Puzzles

Below are simple jigsaws of each letter of the alphabet surrounded by objects beginning with that sound. Can your child identify the letter sound (not the name) and name the objects? Can they think of any other objects, people or places that begin with that sound? If they cannot identify the letter shape, can they work out which sound it is by identifying the initial sound of each object? 

Purple Mash

Are you ready to blend/segment? 

Can you make the CVC words using the s a t p i n m g o sounds?  If so, try the games below. 

We haven't set this as a 2do task as not all children will be ready yet, so keep practising with letter recognition activities such as the puzzles above. 

Phonics Pop

Phonics Pop ia a mobile friendly bubble pop game.  Choose a set of sounds to practice, or select from the digraph (2/3 letter sounds) check boxes.  Then listen to the target sound and pop as many as you can!  If your child achieves >95% accuracy the bubbles will change to rainbow colours!