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Leighton Primary School

Phonics oi and ear

Hello and welcome to phonics for the week beginning 22nd June!

So far your child has learnt all the Phase 2 sounds and j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng ai ee oo (long and short) ar or ur and ow in Phase 3. 

Please keep showing your child the sounds everyday so they can practise saying the sounds to match the letters.

This week we are going to learn the digraph oi as in coin and the trigraph ear as in near.

It is important for children to hear these sounds in words.

Here are 2 stories you can watch together first. Listen out for the oi and ear sounds.

Oi! Get off our Train by John Burningham

Oh Dear! By Rod Campbell

Each time you do phonics, have a warm up 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 or, and join in with the actions and singing.

Game Stand in the middle of a room or garden. Sound out something you can see, e.g. m-u-d, g-r-a-ss. Repeat the sounding out if your child cannot blend it. Give help by joining some of the sounds, e.g. g-r-ass. Your child runs to point to the word they blend. Try to think of items with the Phase 3 sounds in e.g. car, book, coat, show, ball,  

Plastic Cups Blending Game – Turn the cups upside down and write the phoneme you want your child to practice, e.g. oo (short sound) on a cup. Next write single letters like b l k c h sh t . Place oo in the middle and ask your child to make words by finding the first and last sounds to make these words; book, cook, hook, look, shook, took. Ask your child to read the words to make sure they are correct.

This game is taken from this website

Read the Yeti’s Yes/No questions and give your answer.

Session 1 Learning oi

Make the sound oi, as in the word coin and soil. Use your hand against the side of your mouth to raise you voice to call out ‘Oi!’.

Look at the Phase 3 sound/phoneme mat (attached below) and show your child the new digraph ‘oi’ with the coin picture.

Say some words for your child to listen to. If they hear ‘oi’ they say ‘oi’ and call it loudly as if trying to get someone’s attention from across the playground. If they don’t hear oi, they freeze like a statue. The words could be:

Coin, join, sausages, leg, soil, boiling, poison, lizard, tinfoil.  

Watch Mr Thorne Does Phonics oi

Read some words with oi.

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

o – all around the apple

i – down the insect and a dot for his eye.

The oi sits on the line.

Look out for oi in any books, magazines, leaflets you have in your home.

Session 2 Learning oi

Look at the sound mat and find oi. Say the sound oi oi oi and do the action using your hand beside your mouth to call out oi!

Blend words with oi.

Write some words with oi. Choose your own words or try

Coin, soil, join

For a challenge you could write tinfoil, boiling,  

Write a sentence and look at your Phase 3 sounds mat to help. Make up your own sentence or use this one:

‘Can you boil a coin?’ 

Session 3 Learning ear. 

The trigraph is ear as in near and dear. The trigraph ear is a word by itself. A trigraph has 3 letters

together which make 1 sound.

Look for ear on the phoneme mat which shows a picture of a beard. B-ear-d

Say these words and ask your child to say ear and touch their ear if they hear ear in a word or freeze in a shape if they don't.

Say the words near, toast, hippo, dear, beard, monkey, fears, hear, gears, elephant, year

Look at some words with ear.

Blend some ear words to read

Practise writing ear three times. The handwriting rhymes are

e – lift off the top and scoop out the egg.

a – around the apple and down the leaf.

r down the robot’s back and up and over his arm. 

Session 4 Learning ear

Use the phase 3 sound mat. Look for ear first, then say all the phonemes from j along the rows until you get to ear. 

Blend to read some ear words

Now write some words with ear. Sound the whole word out before you write it down. Look at the sound mat if you need to check which letters you need for a sound.

Write year, hear, near. If you want a challenge write fearful, tearful.

Write a simple caption and draw a picture to match, e.g.  I can hear a cow near me.  

 Session 5 Tricky words

We have now spent time learning all the tricky words in Phase 3 so we will practise reading and writing them from now on. Children need to be able to read them straight away and write them down from memory.

The words are he she me be we are all her they my you was.

Sing the tricky word song and read the words on the screen.

Read words

Can you write out the Phase 3 tricky words they, you, all.

Challenge yourself to write sentences e.g. ‘They are all big.’ Or ‘Are they in the bath?’ 

If your child can read and write all the Phase 3 words without any help, then they are ready to learn Phase 4.

Here is the Phase 4 tricky word song.

Focus on learning said and so first. Write the words on pieces of paper and hide them around the garden or room for your child to find. Can they read them when they aer found? How many of each word have you found? 

You might find these words in your storybooks.