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Please choose an option for your child depending on whether you think they are secure in their knowledge of Phase 3 sounds or if they need a bit more practise in Phase 2😊


All children:

Introduce these new tricky words: ‘were’ and ‘there’. Remember tricky words are called tricky words because we can’t sound them out – we just have to learn them! When we look at tricky words we spell them using their letter names (alphabet names) and not their sounds! Have a go at putting the tricky words into sentences, e.g. “We were going to the park” or “look over there!”


Look at phase 2 and phase 3 sounds:

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss

j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th th ng ai ee igh oa oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure er


Now choose whether your child needs more work on individual sounds (Phase 2/3) or whether they are ready to move onto words (Phase 3/4). During the writing sections, if your child is not ready to use cursive handwriting then just focus on standard letter formation and we can work on cursive later. Forming the letters correctly by not taking the pencil off of the paper and using lowercase letters instead of capitals is important.


Phase 2/3


Look at Phase 2 tricky words: I, go, no, to, into, the.

Have a practise at writing them.


Focus on the sounds ‘j’ and ‘v’. Can your child think of any words beginning with those sounds? Jam, jog, jelly, vet, van, vegetable etc. Can they practise writing the letters ‘j’ and ‘v’?


Play the 4 corners game using the sounds ‘j’, ‘v’, ‘c’ and ‘f’. Write each sound on a piece of paper and put them in different corners of the room. Say a word that begins with one of those sounds and see if your child can find the sound. You could also use a nerf gun or fly swatter to splat the sound!


Finish by practising to write some of those three letter words beginning with ‘j’ or ‘v’.


Phase 3/4

Introduce the word “stand”. Ask your child to segment (chop it up) and blend the word (push the sounds together). Then have a go at writing it. Then try the word “blink”.


Go on (username: jan21 password: home) Resources>Phase 4>Make a Match. Match the words to the pictures – can your child read the words?


Finish by asking your child to read the sentence “There was a clown and he did tricks.”


Focus Activity - UW

Learning about the life cycle of a frog:

Look at the PowerPoint of the life cycle of a frog. Discuss each stage with your child and at the end explain how the adult frog will then have its own eggs – causing the ‘cycle’ to begin again! There is also a video attached of a frog making noises which the children will find very interesting! We would love to see any pictures or videos of their reactions!

After discussing the life cycle, complete the attached worksheet where your child can cut out the pictures and stick them in order – let them do this independently. You could challenge your child to write appropriate words next to the pictures, such as ‘frog eggs’ or ‘tadpole’. Let your child write these words using their phonetic knowledge, try not to spell them for them 😊


Home reading - child to read.

Look at your child’s reading book. If your child is confident with reading their book, can they tell you what happened at the beginning, middle and end? Could they think of an alternative ending? Or perhaps change the character in the story for something different?


Lunch – during lunch time think about conversations that you could have with your child. E.g. if they are having a sandwich, what shape are the pieces of their sandwich? If they have four pieces and they eat one, how many would they have left? Or talk about different life cycles; chicks, butterflies etc.


Mini Maths 

Start by practising writing numbers 0-9.

Show your child 3 jars/containers that are the same size but are filled with different things (pasta, rice, cars, buttons, clips etc). Explain to them that they are the same size but not the same weight. Hold each jar; can your child estimate which is heaviest/lightest? Encourage answering using the correct vocabulary.  Put them in order from lightest to heaviest from your child’s estimation. Find out which is the heaviest (could use scales – balancing ones are even better). Now place them in order, was your child correct?


Physical Activity

Have a go at being a frog! You could act out the different stages of a frog’s life cycle – jumping as an adult frog, swimming as a tadpole. What other animals can you act out? You could play it like charades; pretend to be an animal and see if your child can guess what it is then swap!


Story time
Choose a story for your child to listen to:

Frog Video.avi

Still image for this video