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We enjoyed helping Roy the Zebra find sentences which make sense.
Have some fun below.
We are are learning ai. We will also make pupils aware that ay makes the same sound. Generally ai is found at the start or in the middle of words such as: aim, rain, and snail. The ay spelling is usually at the end of words such as: day, pay, hay but adding a suffix e.g. -ed or -ing to these root words means the sound is then in the middle e.g. saying. This can confuse spellings so we have lots of work planned around these sounds and words.

Can you think of any other ai words?

Additionally, there are alternate spellings of the same sound e.g. eight, came, vein etc.
We will be consolidating ‘magic e’ soon but will not be directly teaching the others at this stage.

We are now starting to look at double vowels which can be tricky as they can look similiar such as ou and oi but create very different sounds.

In addition, the sounds made by a double vowel e.g. the oi in soil, sounds like the oy in toy, the ai in rain sounds like the ay in day, therefore, these sounds require lots of teaching and repetition and can be tricky words to spell.

We are now getting into difficult territory with the English language as there are lots of spelling rules but also many exceptions to the rulesbut we will take it one step at a time. Any videos posted are there to consolidate reading and spelling and support pupils.

Pupils are beginning to become aware of which letters are vowels a, e, i, o, u. They also know that everything else is a consonant. They are also becoming aware that y can act as a vowel or consonant.

This video below helps to embed the fact that ‘usually’ when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking.

P1 are doing very well with double sounds.So far we have covered the following in depth:
ck, qu, sh, ch, th (two ways to pronounce), ng, wh and ph.
Ph and wh are tricky sounds and we will continue to revisit until everyone is confident with these sounds.

The video below may help with ph.
Can you spot the ph word which is the name of a 3D shape?


In this video you can hear and read 100 common words. How many can you read?


This week we will be revising all the double sounds we have worked on so far: ck, qu, sh, ch, th and ng. We will be making lots of words using these sounds. We will also try to find these sounds in books and around the school.

Be a sound detective. Can you find these sounds on any signs, food packets, toys or in books in your home?

Blog the words you find below and share with the class.


The ‘th’ sound is a little tricky to say and sometimes pupils say ‘v’ instead of ‘th’ so ‘then’ becomes ‘ven’ or ‘with’ becomes ‘wif’, please encourage children to stick out their tongue when saying ‘th’ to correct this.

Watch Geraldine learn the ‘th’ sound.

Can you think of any ‘ng’ words?
We are starting work on ‘ng’ which can be a tricky sound. Watch this video for tips.

How many ch words can you read?
Please post a ch word below and we will share in class.

16 thoughts on “Literacy

    • You are an excellent word detective Mariyah. Well done finding those double sounds in the cupboard!


    • Fabulous Shaun, we did a lot of jumping, skipping and running today during P.E.
      We even used our Saltire for Scotland move!


    • Hello Nathan. Thank you for a superb ‘ng’ word with two ‘ng’ sounds. I hope you are feeling better soon. 🙂


    • I have just been looking over the Big Writing piece from yesterday and your story was champion!


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