Helping Your Child to Learn Letters (Graphemes) and Their Sounds in Reception

Jolly Phonics Songs

jolly phonics songs

Encourage your child to join in with the singing, whilst doing the appropriate action. A good number of schools use the Jolly Phonics mnemonic actions (memory aids) to help children remember the sound each letter represents.

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Phoneme Pop

phoneme pop

Select the set of graphemes for your child to practise by clicking the circle to the left of a set of letters. A grapheme appears in one corner of the screen. Bubbles float across the screen with graphemes attached underneath and your child has to pop the ones which match the grapheme in the corner of the screen.

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Foam Phonemes

foam phonemes

Call out a sound. Get your child to select the corresponding grapheme from the left hand side of the screen - it will be fired out of the cannon. From ictgames.com

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Sky Writer

sky writerFrom ictgames.com.

Select a letter your child needs to practise. Watch a plane write it using its vapour trail, getting your child to follow the trail with his/her finger on the screen, saying the sound at the same time.

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Magnetic Letters

magnetic letters

A whiteboard with letters of the alphabet along the bottom. Call out a sound and get your child to click on the corresponding letter for it to appear on the whiteboard. 

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Various Activities for Learning 'b'

There are 8 activities on this link, but not all are worth doing - best to stick with activities 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6. You can use the up and down arrows in the middle of the left hand column to select activities, you don't have to do the whole lesson.

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When Two Vowels Go Walking

when two vowels go walkingGreat video for teaching children that when we have a digraph containing 2 vowels, the sound they make together is often the name of the first one. This works for the digraphs 'ai', 'ee' and 'oa', that the children learn at this stage. NB: We don't generally teach 'y' as a vowel in this country, so the 'ay' image will need some explaining (or ignoring!)

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Pirates Say 'ar'

pirates say ar

Great video for teaching children the 'ar' grapheme.

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Writing Trays

Below are links to a variety of creative trays you can make and use with your child to help him/her learn to write letters/graphemes. Select one that links to your child's interests or the current time of year, as this should motivate him/her to write. Call out a sound (phoneme) and get your child to write it in the tray.

Dinosaur Swamp

Autumn

Ocean

Rainbow

Snow

Valentines

Star Wars

Magical Fairy Dust

Moon Dust

Harry Potter

 

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