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Leighton Primary School

Phonics Practising ch sh th ng

Hello and welcome to phonics for the week beginning 4th May. 

So far you have learnt all the Phase 2 sounds and j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng in Phase 3. 

This week we are practising the sounds ch sh th ng

It is important for children to hear these sounds in words. They also need to be able to spot these digraphs in words when we are reading and write the 2 letters when we are spelling words with these sounds.

Each time you do phonics, have a warm first. Choose a warm up from these ideas.

Sing Jolly Phonics songs. The film shows all Phase 2 which your child knows. The j sound is the beginning of Phase 3 and starts at 5 min 27 seconds, so you could start from here. Play until you have sung th and ng, and join in with the actions and singing.

Game Choose 2, 3 or all of the digraphs ch sh th ng and write each one on a piece of paper. Your child can place them around the room or garden. They stand in the middle of the space. Adult says a word with one of the chosen sounds in and the child has to decide which digraph they can hear and find the matching letters. You may also include a word with none of the digraphs in or you could use a word with 2 of the sounds in like toothbrush. Examples of words you could use; chilly, ring, chimpanzee, shampoo, this, match, banging, munch, splash.

Phonics Hopscotch - If you have chalk and a path outside, you could write some sounds e.g. zz ck sh th ng ch j w x z v y and then play hopscotch. Your child says the sound they roll the stone onto. When they hop to the sound, your child can say a word with the sound in. You could also say a word to give them more ideas for next time. 

Go to the Phonics Play website Access is free. The username is: March20 and the password is: home  Choose ‘Resources’ then ‘Phase 3’ and choose Speed Trial to practise saying the sounds you know. (See above) Or play a game like Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto, Buried Treasure or Pick a Picture .

Session 1

Practise making the sounds and doing the actions from the Jolly Phonics songs.

Ch – move arms like train wheels and say ch ch ch choo choo.

Sh – make a sh noise whilst holding your finger to your lips to ask someone to be quiet.

Th – say th and pretend to be a clown and make a silly face.

ng – say ng and pretend to be a strong person and lift a heavy weight above your head.

Practise reading ch sh th ng in words using Simply Phonics

Write the digraphs one at a time. Remember that only the g goes below the line, all the other letters sit on the line. All the letters begin at the top. (The handwriting letter formation sheet is attached if you need to look at it.)

Say these words one at a time. Ask your child to point to the digraph they can hear in the word. After this ask them to sound out the word, e.g. b-a-th. They can put up one finger for each sound they make.  Where is the digraph? Is it at the beginning, middle or end of the word?

Words you could use: long, shall, check, bath.

Session 2

Show the Phase 3 phoneme mat on the screen. (This is attached below.)

Point to the digraphs and letters learnt so far from the top row and ch sh th and ng on the second row. Ask your child to say the sound. Now play ‘Fast Finger’, you say the sound and ask your child to point quickly to the correct digraph.

Use the ‘Practise zz qu ch sh th ng Sorting Sounds PowerPoint’ attached below. (You do not need to do zz and qu pages if you don’t want to.) Use the arrow keys to move through the pages. Ask your child to say the name of each object and listen to the sounds in the word. Ask your child to decide if it has the sound or not. If they are unsure, say the word again for them slowly. Click on the objects to move them into the box if they have the sound. You could sound each word out to see where the digraph comes in the word.

Now write one word for each of the digraphs. You can choose your own words or write these ones. Remember to ask your child to sound out the word on their fingers before writing. Let them try this themselves, then help if needed. Use the phoneme mat if your child forgets which 2 letters they need.

sing thin shop chip

Help your child to remember how to write each letter by saying the formation rhyme and writing the letter in the air first.  Give lots of praise for effort. Learning to write is a tricky skill!

Session 3

Use phonics play

Grab a Giggling Grapheme; choose Phase 3 and the letters j v w x or y z zz qu or ch th sh ng

Use this short film to play Word Splat.

The picture appears in the middle of the screen and the child has to point to the word that matches the picture. Please pause the film if your child needs more time to find the word. Ignore the task of looking for consonant blends.

Next read sentences on Phonics play

Choose sh th ng and/or ch.

Session 4

Write sh th ng and ch on a piece of paper/board. Ask your child to say the sounds. Go on a hunt around your home and look for things with these sounds in e.g. washing, shampoo, chair, bath, dish, path, something long or short, shelf. If your child says a word like tissue or machine which sounds like it has a sh, then still praise them for good listening. If they were to write these words, they would probably look like this ‘tishoo’ and ‘masheen’ because these are the digraphs they have learnt so far. Other ways of spelling the same sound will be taught in Year 1.

Play ‘Make a Match’ on Phonics play (sets 1 -2). Read words and find the matching pictures.

Practice writing the digraphs ch sh th ng.

Write a simple sentence. Here are some examples you could choose from or think of your own. 

The ship is long.

Chop the mash.

Session 5 Tricky words

Warm up by joining in with the tricky word song

Launch a tricky word pairs game on Twinkl 

On Phonics Play choose the words they and are to look at closely. Look at which parts of the word make the sounds you know and which parts are tricky.

Write the words they and are 3 times each. Make sure your letters are written correctly.

For a challenge, you could write a sentence starting with ‘They are… ‘

Ideas might be ‘They are in the shop.’ ‘They are in the bath.’ ‘They are long.’

Look out for they and are in your reading books and other books you have at home.