Helping Your Child to Learn Graphemes in Year 1: Autumn Term: 1st Half

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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 the letters to make the corresponding grapheme appear on the whiteboard. If your child knows more than one grapheme for a sound,you might ask him/her to make them all eg ai, a, ay. If your child is finding it hard to remember the new grapheme, you could help by clicking one of the letters and asking him/her to put in the one that goes in front/after.


When Two Vowels Go Walking

when two vowels go walking

Great 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 'ea', 'ie', 'oe' and 'ue', 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!)

Play the video

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






Star Wars

Magical Fairy Dust

Moon Dust

Harry Potter

How to make lavender and glitter salt for a writing tray