Wow! Can you believe that we are on week six of Phase 3 Letters and Sounds which means your child has learnt 20 sounds in that time and only has another six sounds to learn...four of which we cover this week!
Phase 3 is one of the longest phases within the phonics programme and often has to be repeated because there is so much content within it...including 29 high frequency words and developing the ability to write sentences independently and with good accuracy. It's amazing how much they learn, but the hard part is then being able to apply it and this takes time and practise. Children can learn a letter sound during a phonics session and use it correctly as it is fresh in their mind and the sole focus - mix it up or go back to another sound from previous weeks and it can easily get muddled or lost at no fault of your child...it's just part of the learning process! Your child may have already started phase 3 in class with their teacher and so this is the second time they have covered these sounds and they may recognise them well but still need support to use them accurately in their writing - don't worry! This is expected and will again take time. Just know that whatever you can do with your child, even if it is repeating or recapping, it is another stepping stone towards moving on and making progress which is always positive!
In the same format as last week we have provided you with two activities per sound for you to have fun with. Don't feel pressured to do all of the games, but please have a go at one activity per sound so your child has the experience of practising and applying. To make it less pressured we recommend that you look at one new sound per day like we would in class. Have fun!
Circus Segmenting Game 'ow'
A hands-on activity game which is perfect for the outdoors, but can easily be played indoors too! You will need a lightweight ball (if playing indoors) or something to throw safely between you. The instructions are on the sheet but it is a very simple game that we play in school and know that the children love. Enjoy!
Phase 3 Clowning Around with ow
A simple activity which those who love to colour will enjoy - all they have to do is read the words on the clowns juggling ball and if it has an 'ow' sound in it... colour it in! How many juggling balls does the clown have with 'ow' words written on it? This should be done mostly independently by your child.
Phase 3 Coins in the Soil
This is a lovely activity that you can do outdoors. Cut out the coins and hide in a patch of soil or sand. If you don't have either then hide in your cereal packet! Your child has to dig around for the treasure coins and they only get to keep the 'oi' sound coins. Can they identify the others that are in there too?
Phase 3 Break and Make Words 'oi'
Time for your child to be a word wizard! They can make their own words using the individual letter cards and then break them up again if they don't make a recognisable/real word. I wonder how if they are able to make any more than those suggested within the activity?
Phase 3 Find and Write the 'oi' words
An activity differentiated three ways - page 3 is beginners, page 2 for those more comfortable working with phoneme frames and page 1 for those who are writing words without phoneme frames more readily. It doesn't matter which stage your child is at - just have a go. They will soon show you if it is too tricky or too easy and you can adjust your activity accordingly. To make this more fun why not use a felt tip, sparkly or gel pen!
Phase 3 Use Your Ears to Hear Game 'ear'
This is a fun physical activity that is perfect in the garden or indoors in the larger room in the house (with no breakables in sight - we recommend the use of a beach ball as it is so light if you have one stored away!). This game doesn't need printing to help save on ink and all the instructions are on the document - you will love this as your child forgets that they are 'learning'!
Phase 3 Ear Words and Pictures
A nice and simple picture and words activity - look at the picture, find the right word and write it in the box! As it is a simple activity don't miss out on the opportunity to help with any tricky letter formations.
Phase 3 Real or Nonsense words flashcards - er
Here are a set of flashcards that focus upon the 'er' sound. Some words make sense and are 'real', others can be sounded out and blended but make no sense and are 'nonsense' or 'rubbish' words. Have a go at sorting them out into real or nonsense. You don't have to print these out. Pull the words up on screen and get your child to write them down on a piece of paper that is split down the middle - one side with Real written at the top, and the other side titled Nonsense.
Phase 3 Spelling flower - er
This is a template of a flower. Ask your child to write the 'er' sound in the middle and see what 'er' sound words they can think of. Don't forget that 'er' is commonly found at the end of words! Once you have filled in your flowER then they can decorate it and display for all to see!
Week 6 - Just take a moment to think that you've been doing phonics at home now for six weeks. That is a real achievement. We know that your phonic lessons will have been both rewarding and challenging, that resources, time and patience may have been short too... but here you are six weeks later having taught your child some of the important skills they need to make progress in phonics. You should not only be proud of your child, but also yourselves as their parent and now home-tutor. We are proud of each and every one of you for what you have managed to do! Come the end of your home schooling week - treat yourself and relax! You deserve it!