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This week we are practising the digraph...



Remember, a digraph is two letters (two vowels or two consonants or a vowel and a consonant) which together make one sound. Say it with me; "Two letters, one sound!" Say it again!


This week's digraph is 'sh'. You can hear the 'sh' phoneme in words like 'ship' and 'shut'. Look at the picture above and see if you can say each word/picture. 


To help you remember - imagine you are a grown up telling someone to be quiet! Put your finger to your lips and say 'shhhhhhhhhhhh'.


Have a go at writing the letters in the air, write them really large! Now use your finger to 'write' the letters on the carpet, on the back of your hand, on your parent's back! Each time you 'write' it say the long sound 'sh'.


Tuesday:  Watch the Mr Thorne Does Phonics video below and see what you can find around your house! 


Sh Mr Thorne Does Phonics


Wednesday: Play the pairs game. Prepare 'sh' words on to small pieces of paper. Make sure you have two of every word. You could print the sheet I have prepared at the bottom of the page, if you can, and cut out the words. I have added 'sound buttons' under each phoneme. The sound buttons will support your child to make each sound and then blend it together. 


Now you are ready to play! Turn all the word cards over. Take it in turns to turn two cards over - do they match? Yes - say the phonemes by touching the sound buttons and then blending them together. Once you've read the word, you keep the cards! 

No - turn the cards back over and try to remember where they are (it might help you on your next go!)

The winner is the one with the most cards at the end! 


Thursday: Use your school letter pack to think make some words using the sound tiles you have so far. We have learnt all the letters of the alphabet now and you should practice the letters you don't recognise again and again until you can remember them. Don't forget to make one new letter tile with this week's digraph 'sh' on showing your children that the letters are together and make the 'ch' sound not the separate 's' and 'h' sounds. 




Can you get across the shark infested water? Oh no! Your living room carpet has turned into a crocodile swamp! You must use your phonic knowledge to get across! Write 'ch' words on pieces of paper or have some 'ch' objects that you found around your house ready to hold up. What could you use for stepping stones? Play mats? Cushions? Lay them out, you can only jump to the next one once you have sound out the next word! E.g. Hold up a lunch box, your child segments each sound in the word - "L-u-n-ch B-o-x!" Yes! Jump to the next stepping stone! Point to your chin. Your child says the sounds separately (segmenting) "ch-i-n!" Brilliant sounding out! Jump to the next stepping stone! And so on.

Good luck children! I hope you make it!