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As always please begin phonics by recapping all phase 2 sounds and then the first sounds in phase 3, if your child is confident with these then please move onto the next sounds such as the digraphs ch,sh,th and ng. You can do this in anyway you wish such as flash cards, a sound hunt or even finding them in their reading books. 

Please recap memory words, words which we cannot sound out we just have to know them, you may often see them referred to as 'tricky words' but nothing is too tricky for our children so we call them memory words instead as that is what we use when we read them smiley Most of the children know phase 2 and we are now learning phase 3, again please practise this as you wish. 


As a warm up we would like the children to use the video below to read phase 2 words working on their segmenting and blending skills and even reading words by sight and their memory. If your child is struggling with segmenting and blending independently please practise with them, the more the children practise the better they will becoming at reading. If your child is finding phase 2 difficult please do not move onto the next step instead continue to work on phase 2 sound recognition, letter formation and segmenting and blending simple words.

Today we are going to look at the digraph 'qu', we use the phrase 'a queen is never seen without her umbrella' at school to remind the children the usually a q is always with a u. Below is a video all about 'qu' by one of our favourites, Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe smiley

Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Episode QU

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Now the children have more of a concept of 'qu' we now want them to practise writing the digraph, as always with pre cursive letters, on the line and in one fluid motion. q is a descender so it should go under the line and u is a standard letter should be equal to the top of the q as it is below.

Get the children to practise this as much as they can to really get that formation. Now we want the children to read the words:

Now ask your child to write this words, see if they can do this independently and if not then please help your child by carefully saying each sound in the word, as always they need to write pre cursively on the line in on fluid motion.


Any questions or support please ask smiley