I can't believe the school year is almost over! My son is quickly coming to the end of Year One and will soon be taking his Phonics Screening Check. As I also teach Year One, revising all we have learnt in phonics is high on the agenda both at home and at school!
By the end of Year 1, children are given a Phonics Screening Check to assess whether they have mastered the basic phonics system, and identifies any areas they need help with as they go into Year 2. It checks that your child can:
- Sound out and blend graphemes (the letter/letters that represent a sound) in order to read simple words.
- Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
- Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as pseudo (or alien) words.
When your child learns phonics, they will also be taught "tricky words." I wrote a post explaining why these words are classed as tricky, and how you can help your child learn tricky words in a fun, multisensory way, which is full of easy ideas.
When the lovely Mrs Mactivity asked if I'd like to review the new Phase Five Phonics Activity Pack, of course I said, " Yes, please!" The new bundle contains a wide range of different activities, which focuses on the revision of phonemes (the way it sounds), graphemes (the way it is written) and tricky words in the last phase. Here's just some of what you can expect to find when you download the 12 page pack:
- phonics rainbow balloon tracing
- name your own sea monster
- phonics charades
- phonics word jungle
- playdough mats for tricky words
- phonics word builder
- tricky words goals activity
- tricky words rainbow activity
Mrs Mactivity loves to encourage you to take the multisensory approach to learning, which is one reason I love her products so much. Despite being a paper-based pack, the activities include writing, colouring, acting out, using playdough and being imaginitive! It's not very often you come across resources as diverse as this!
Here's what we've used in class for revision this week!
I let the children loose on the tricky words rainbow activity one morning for their "morning activity" - the independent activity set up at their tables ready for them as they arrive in the morning.
|Tricky word rainbows ready for a morning activity.|
|The children worked hard to complete their tricky word rainbows|
|Don't they look good coloured in?|
|Children choose words from the list and write them in the correct cloud.|
|They then colour coded the words!|
The idea is for them to say the sound, e.g. /ea/ as in bead, then trace inside the bubble letters with a coloured pencil. They should repeat this with different colours, saying the phoneme each time, to create a rainbow inside each letter! Hopefully, by linking the aural with the physical motion of writing, they are more likely to commit these to memory. It's important that the children say the sounds correctly however, so I asked our lovely Teaching Assistant to keep a check on them.
Although not in the Phase 5 Activity Pack, I also used the Phase 3 Sentence Handwriting Sheets with a group of children this week, to aid handwriting and fine motor skills, and to help revise phonemes and graphemes from earlier phases. I just thought they deserved a little mention here too!
|Great activity for revising earlier phases, and helping with letter size.|
So, for only £9.97 for a whole year's premium membership, what are you waiting for? Pop over to Mrs Mactivity's wonderful website today - you won't be disappointed! And while you're at it, why not follow her on Instagram too, for new resource updates and ideas on how to use them!
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