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Year 1 Letters and Sounds


Your spellings this week are...


lay, day, play, clay, spray, loud, cloud, found, sprout, stray


Good morning!  smiley


We have been working on Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds.  You should now feel more confident when segmenting and blending words that have multiple syllables, adjacent consonants and more than three phonemes (sounds). 


Before we move onto Phase 5 please spend some time revising Phase 3 and Phase 4 this morning.  smiley   First of all please find out which Phase 3 sounds that you know and which you are unsure of (if any).  I have attached a Phase 3 sound mat below for you to do this.  If there are any that you are unsure of please continue to practise them over the coming weeks.  It is very important that you know each of these as they will support your reading and spelling.  


Once you have completed that please click the links to practise your segmenting and blending of Phase 3 and Phase 4 words (including real words and non - real words.  Click the start button and choose either Phase 3 or Phase 4. 


Today we move onto Phase 5.  Wow!  You are super stars!smiley


We are going to learn a new grapheme today (a grapheme is how a sound is represented with letters).  Today we will be looking at /ay/; it makes the ay sound in play.  Here is a poster for you to look at. 



These graphemes all make the /ay/ sound and they have a little rhyme to help!  If you hear /ay/ at the end of the word you could use the rhyme 'may I play?'  If you hear the /ai/ sound in the middle of a word you could use the rhyme 'snail in the rain'.  Don't worry too much about 'make a cake' - we will get to the split digraph e another week.  smiley


Here's a little Alphablocks episode to help you...


Here are some /ay/ activities for you to complete. 

Handwriting - Use rainbow writing to write /ay/.   Remember this is when you write it in one colour and go over it in another colour and another colour and so on. 

Reading - Can you segment and blend the sound in these words and read them?  It is also saved as a PDF if you would like to print it out.  You roll a dice and if it lands on number one you read the first word in that line and colour it in.  Your partner then has a turn, using a different colour.  Repeat until you read all of the words.  




Can you remember what sound we learn yesterday?  What does it look like?  Can you write it in the air? How many times can you write it in one minute?  Can you use playdough to make it?


Here are some /ay/ words for you to read.  Don't forget to use segmenting and blending as a reading strategy.  There are some real words and some non-real words, sometimes known as alien words.  That is why there is a little alien next to them. 

Once you have practised reading these /ay/ words, please read the postcard below.  If you find a word with the /ay/ or /ai/ grapheme please highlight it or write it down on a piece of paper. 




Today we are going to learn a new graphame (what it looks like) for a sound that we already know!  We know /ow/ as in cow.  Can you read the following words to check that you have remembered this one. 


We are now going to learn a new way to write this sounds.../ou/.  Watch the following clip to help you.smiley


Can you read the following /ou/ words?  Remember to use segmenting and blending as a reading strategy.  Some of the words are real words and some are alien words.  


Writing Activity:

Pick 3 of the words and write 3 sentences with one of the words in, e.g. 

Shall we skip around the tree?

Can you help me get my arm out of my jumper? 

I like this sound.



Wow!  You have worked very hard this week in Letters and Sounds.  You have learn two new graphemes - /ay/  and /ou/.  Now it is time to practise how to spell words with these graphemes in.


Ask your child to have a go at spelling the words that you read from the poster.  Where can you hear sound/?  Is it in the middle of a word?  The end of a word?  This is usually a very good clue as to which spelling to use.  

Which spelling will you use?  /ow/ or /ou/?