Sunday, 24 August 2014

Phonics lesson 8

Learning objective: 

To read/write grapheme/phoneme /d/ and segment and blend cvc words


Go through the letters learnt so far s,a,t,p,i,n, m and quickly show the flashcard and read together.

Quickwrite - read a sound and the child has to quickly write it on their board. 

Play 'fingers' - read a cvc word from the 'taking home' list and ask the children to show how many sounds they can hear by showing you that number of fingers. I usually get them to count under their desks or behind their backs and then I shout 'show me!'


Teach /d/ using the flash card and objects beginning with the /d/ sound. Emphasis the ddddddd sound before saying the name of the objects. This is a dddduck, This is a a dddddog, this is a dddddandelion  Please click here for a set of phase 2 grapheme cards.
Use the Jolly phonics action.  Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d

All the children to do the action and say the sound. Make sure each child is saying the sound correctly.

Skywrite the letter /d/ and make sure child is making the /d/ shape correctly. You could also get children to sit in a circle and write the sound on each other's back so they can really feel it.

Click here to download a little booklet for letter formation.

I cannot emphasise enough how important the letter formation for /d/ is at this time. This will help the children who get b/d mixed up if they learn the letter formation correctly.


Introduce phoneme frames to the children. A sound goes in each box. Give each child a whiteboard and pen and explain how you are going to write some words (if the child struggles with writing then give them some magnetic letters.) Show the child how to draw two lines down their whiteboard to divide it into 3. Please see this post on Phoneme frames. How would we write the following words?

  1. dim
  2. dam
  3. mad
  4. dip
  5. tad
Make sure you do the first one with the children to model listening to the sounds in the word. Verbally say 'dim' and then stretch it out 'diiiimmmmt', then count with your fingers how many sounds you can hear dddd/i/m/ I can hear 3 sounds.
The first sound is /d/ - show the children where you start writing. I usually put a dot on the first box on the phoneme frame. Write the /d/ show correct letter formation. Then say the word again and listen carefully to what the next sound is. Write this in the middle box and finally repeat with the last box. When you have written the word. Show the children how to blend the sounds into the word again. They must check this when they do their writing.


The children should be beginning to understand blending, reading and segmenting now so it is time to begin some caption word. 

If you take a look at Word thief and use this activity with one of the following captions.

a sad man
dad and nan
Sid is sad

If you have time the child could make a bracelet with one of the captions so they can continue to practise reading throughout the day.

Send Home:

A list of words to practice with a parent. The aim being fast blending to automacy.

Please click here for the list of words.

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