Helping Your Child to Read and Write Words with 2-5 Sounds, Containing Consonant Clusters

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 containing a grapheme your child needs to practise (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 4, then click on one of the yellow buttons (Sets 1-7 contain easier graphemes. Those with digraphs are more difficult). 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 4, then click on one of the yellow buttons (Sets 1-7 contain easier graphemes. Those with digraphs are more difficult). 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 containing containing a grapheme your child needs to practise 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.

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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 4, then click on one of the yellow buttons (Sets 1-7 contain easier graphemes. Those with digraphs are more difficult). 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 containing containing a grapheme your child needs to practise(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. .

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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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Ladybird Lander (Writing)

ladybird landerFrom ictgames.com.

Click 'go'. Select the 4 flower button in the top right hand corner. Call out a word of your choice (it must have 4 sounds) and get your child to break the word down into sounds on his/her fingers. He/she then selects the 4 ladybirds with the correct graphemes to sit on the 3 flowers. Press the buttons underneath each flower to hear the phonemes. Then blend the sounds together to check the spelling is correct.

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Letters and Sounds Bingo

letters and sounds bingoFrom ictgames.com. 2 

2 games of bingo to play: Phase 4 Games 14 & 15. 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. 

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Magnetic Letters

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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