Helping Your Child to Read & Write Words Containing New Graphemes

Buried Treasure (Reading)

buried treasure

Free printable golden coin, dustbin and treasure chest for playing Buried Treasure. Laminate the coins, write a word on each (some should be real words and some nonsense). Bury them in the garden/sand pit etc. When your child pulls one out, get him/her to sound out and read the word. If it's a real word, he/she puts it on the treasure box and if it's nonsense, puts it on the dustbin.

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Below is a link to an interactive version of the Buried Treasure activity. Click on 'next', then Phase 5, then click on a grapheme your child needs to practise. The words used in the game will all contain that grapheme. Ensure that your child sounds out and reads each word, rather than just dragging the words to the bin/treasure chest to see what happens!

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Dragon's Den (Reading)

dragons den

An interactive game in which you have to feed eggs with real words to one dragon and eggs with nonsense words to the other dragon. Click on 'next', then Phase 5, then click on a grapheme your child needs to practise. The words used in the game will all contain this grapheme. Ensure that your child sounds out and reads each word, rather than just dragging the words to a dragon to see what happens!

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Click below to download free printable egg, red dragon and green dragon from the above interactive game. Laminate the eggs, write a word on each (some should be real words and some nonsense). Hide them around the room/garden. When your child finds one, get him/her to sound out and read the word. If it's a real word, he/she puts it on the green dragon and if it's nonsense, puts it on the red one.The links for these paper resources are at the bottom of the page when you click the link below.

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Picnic on Pluto (Reading)

picnic on pluto

An interactive game in which you have to feed snacks to 2 alien brothers. One alien likes to eat snacks with real words on them and the other likes to eat snacks with nonsense words on them. Click on 'next', then Phase 5, then click on a grapheme. The words used in the game will all contain this grapheme. Ensure that your child sounds out and reads each word, rather than just dragging the words to an alien to see what happens!

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Click below to download free printable snack and the 2 aliens from the above interactive game. Laminate the snacks, write a word on each (some should be real words and some nonsense). Hide them around the room/garden. When your child finds one, get him/her to sound out and read the word. If it's a real word, he/she puts it on Bob and if it's nonsense, puts it on Obb. The links for these paper resources are at the bottom of the page when you click the link below.

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Sentence Substitution (Reading)

animal bingo

Get your child to read the sentence on the screen (sounding out any words he/she needs to). Your or he/she can select one of the word cards along the bottom of the screen and lie it over one of the existing words in the sentence. Get your child to read the new sentence. You can have some fun making up silly sentences!

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'ay' Traffic Lights (Reading)

Words containing 'ay' appear on screen. Wait for the green light and then get your child to say the word (he/she can sound it out if necessary). 

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Letters and Sounds Bingo (Reading)

letters and sounds bingoFrom ictgames.com. 11 games of bingo to play: ay & ou; ie & ea; oy & ir; ue & aw; wh & ph; ew; oe & au; a-e; i-e; o-e; u-e. Click on the link to print off the bingo cards (enough for whoever is playing the game). Select the game you wish to play, using the graphemes your child needs to practise. Push the fruit machine button to generate the first word. Get your child to blend and read it before looking for the word on their board.

NB: There are issues with the following games, so they are best avoided:

Games 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26

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Magnetic Letters (Writing)

magnetic letters

A whiteboard with letters of the alphabet along the bottom. Call out a word containing a grapheme your child needs to practise), get your child to break down (orally segment) the sounds on his/her fingers. Then he/she clicks on the corresponding letters to make the word appear on the whiteboard. Get him/her to sound out and read the word written to check it is correct and amend if necessary.

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