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Leighton Primary School

Phonics ai and ee

Hello and welcome to phonics for the week beginning 11th 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 going to learn the digraphs ai as in rain and ee as in sheep.

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 ai and ee, and join in with the actions and singing.

Game Guess my sound. Write the digraphs ch sh th ng so your child can see them. Say ‘I’m thinking of one of these digraphs. Can you guess which one it is? It’s in these words…’ List words with the chosen sound in. If I chose ng, I could say the digraph was in bang, sing and thing.

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 The username is: March20 and password is: home  Choose ‘Resources’ then ‘Phase 3’ and play a game like Dragon’s Den, Picnic on Pluto, Buried Treasure or Pick a Picture. Choose any sounds that your child is unsure of.

Session 1 Learning ai 

To make the sound ai, we pretend we are in the playground and someone calls us from far away. We cup a hand around our ear so we can hear better and say ‘ai?’ because we can’t hear them properly.

Look at the Phase 3 sound/phoneme mat (attached below) and show your child the new digraph ‘ai’. The sound they make is ‘ai’ like the middle sound in rain, pain and sail.

Listen to the Jolly Phonics ai song a few times starting at; start at 10 minutes 10 seconds

Listen to the story ‘The Snail Trail’ read by the Phonics Fairy

There is also an information book about snails;

Which words did you hear with the ai sound? (snail, trail, rained.) Your child may also hear ai in safe, place, make and wakes which is good because they are listening carefully to the sounds in words. Give praise for any words with an ai sound that your child hears correctly, even if they are not spelt with ai.  

Watch Mr Thorne Does Phonics ai

Write ai 3 times. Remember to write the letters correctly each time

a– around the apple and down the leaf (The a we write in school does not have the curve at the top.)

i - down the insect’s body, dot for the head

Both letters are short and sit on the line. ai

Session 2 Learning ai

Look at the sound mat and find ai. Say the sound ai ai ai.  

Listening game: Ask your child to say ‘ai’ if they hear an ai in the word. If they don’t hear ai, they must freeze. (Children usually like to freeze in a shape so they may wish to stand up.)  

Use these words or choose your own: rain, sail, ham, trail, ship, singing, waiting, again, wish, brain, nail.

Blend these ai words to read them

Sound out then write these words with ai. Let your child look at the sound/phoneme mat if they need to.

Rain (r-ai-n)  sail (s-ai-l)  wait (w-ai-t)  jail (j-ai-l)

Listen and look out for words with ai when you are talking together or reading books.

Lesson 3 Learning ee

Introduce the new ee sound by talking about the noise a donkey makes ‘ee-or’. Use your hands to make donkey ears and say ‘ee-or’. Our new digraph is ‘ee’.

Sing the Jolly Phonics song for ee a few times.

Listen and join in with the Train Ride story which we read when you started school. Listen out for any words with ‘ee’

After watching it, say the ee words you heard. Can you sound them out? E.g. s-ee, sh-ee-p s-ea-t, n-ee, g-ee-s, t-r-ee-t-o-p-s. Your child may also say ‘me’ as the e sounds like ee.  

Listen to some more words with the ee sound. Where is ee in these words? Is it at the beginning, middle or end?

Mr Thorne Does Phonics ee

Now have a go at writing ee three times. Remember the rhyme for e is about an egg. Start with your pencil in the middle and say as you go to the right and up

Lift off the top, scoop out the egg.

Please see the film on Tapestry ‘Handwriting q s e f 27.4.20’ about how to write e.

Lesson 4 Learning ee

Sing the Jolly Phonics ee song and do the ear actions with your hands.

Blend words with the ee sound.

Use this film for practise in reading ee words in sentences.

Now have a go at sounding out these ee words and writing them down.

You can spell them first on this game. Click on the arrow on the right to turn the dial to see more sounds until you see the sound you need. Sounds can be put in grey bin when you don't want them anymore.

seed, sheep, teeth, queen, sheet, cheep, 

For a challenge you could write a sentence: I see sheep in the tree.

(Or choose your own sentence or question to write.)

Your child may want to watch these episodes to help them practise reading ai and ee words.

Alphablocks ai

Alphablocks ee

Lesson 5 Tricky words

So far we have learnt the Phase 3 tricky words he be she me we all you was they are.

This week we will learn the last 2 words: her my

(These words can take some time to practice and recognise when reading. We will continue to practise reading all of these words next week.)

Warm up by joining in with the tricky word song

In this game, choose the word that shows the correct spelling of tricky words. Choose the skill 2 and 3 which together cover all the tricky words above. Help your child if they are not sure yet. Use letter names when spelling tricky words  not the sound.

Write the words her and my 3 times each. Make sure the letters are written correctly.

For a challenge, you could write sentences starting with ‘It is my… ‘ ‘It is her …’

Ideas might be ‘It is my shop.’ ‘It is her seed.’

Look out for her and my in your reading books and other books you have at home.