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Phonics ch and sh

Please continue to use these activities if your child needs to practise the ch and sh digraphs. 

21.4.20 This week we are going to focus on learning and practising the digraphs ch and sh. A digraph has 2 letters that make 1 sound. Sometimes the letters have a line underneath them to show that they make 1 sound together like this ch   sh

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

Warm up 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 ch and sh.

Play a game: sound out action words for your child to blend then do, e.g. h-o-p, n-o-d, t-ur-n, j-o-g, t-a-p, b-e-n-d, j-u-m-p, c-l-a-p. You may have some words of your own.

Go to the Phonics Play website  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 .

Click on the phase 3 sound mat attached below and say all the sounds from the top right until you reach ch and sh.

Learning ch session 1

The Jolly Phonics song is about a train going ‘ch ch ch’. Make this sound with your child and use your arms like train wheels. You could travel around the room being a train making the sound.

Say some words with ch in them and ask your child to listen to where ch is in the word; beginning, middle or end. Examples of words are chip, rich, much, chin, chop, watching. Your child might be able to think of some words with ch.

Watch Mr Thorne Does phonics  ch

Practice writing ch 3 times. The c starts at the top right and we say ‘Curl around the caterpillar’ as we write it. The h starts at the top and goes ‘Down the horse to the hooves, then up and over its back.’

(The rhymes we use for each letter are from Read Write Inc and the sheet is attached below.)

You might want to use sky writer on Click on c to see it written and then choose h.

Learning ch session 2

Join in with this ch song

Watch and read the ch words.

Use this game to choose the sounds to make these words; chip, chop, chin, rich, such, itch. Click the sounds you need, then put them in the right order to read.

For a challenge, encourage your child to write the words they have made in this activity. 

Hello and welcome to the second part of phonics for this week!

Please choose a warm up from the top of the page.  

Learning sh session 3

The digraph sh can be found at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of words. Listen to these words and say where you hear ‘sh’… shop, fishing, sheep, push.

Listen to some more ‘sh’ words in this clip

Mr Thorne Does Phonics

Read words with sh.

Write the digraph sh 3 times. Use the sky writer to see how s is written, then choose h to see how to write that too. Remember the rhymes for s ‘slither down the snake’ and h ‘Down the horse to his hooves, up and over his back.’

Look around your home and see if you can see anything with a ‘sh’ in the word. How many things can you find? Choose one word to write. Remember to sound it out on your fingers first.

Learning sh session 4

sh song

Read words with sh

Now have a go at writing the words shop, shed, wish.

Remember to sound the whole word out first, then write the letters in order.

The letters need to be written correctly. See the Read Write Inc sheet attached below for the letter rhymes. Please send me photos of your writing to or add them to Tapestry. I would love to see them!

Tricky word session 5

We have learnt to read he she me be we all. We are learning you and was.

Watch the tricky word song and join in reading the words that you know. Look out for you and was.

Look for the letters that make their usual sound in the words, and the tricky part where the letters do not make their usual sounds.

you – y makes its sound. The ou are the tricky letters.

was – w and s make their sounds but a is tricky because it sounds like o.

Look at the shape of each whole word. You could draw a rectangle around the word was so it just fits inside it and you has a letter that hangs down first, then 2 short letters.

Look for you and was in books, magazines/comics, recipes, leaflets, anything written at all. 

Write the words he she be we he all was and you on bits of paper and hide them around your home or garden. Can your child find and read them?

There are some more tricky word activities you can do at home with your child on this web page.

Some tricky word resources are attached below if you would like to use them.