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Thursday Phonics

Take a look at the videos below.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns the /ar/

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

jolly phonics ar

Activity- Can you find the 'ar' sound in these words? Write them down and add the sound buttons. Remember it's a line for the digraphs.

Can you read these words?


car       arm      park

shark    farm


Activity- Now play ‘Cross the river’.  Put a blanket or piece of material down on the floor to be a river.  Sit on one side of the material. Ask an adult to sit at the end of the piece of material.  The adult shows you a written down sound (from ‘ar’, ‘oo’ and ‘oa’).  Can you tell the adult what the sound is?  If you can you can come across the river (material) to the other side.  Be careful, your adult is a crocodile that lives in the river, and they might try to eat you as you cross!  If you are feeling confident, can you think of a word containing the sound your adult has shown you?  Your adult could write a word containing one of the sounds on a piece of paper.  You can only cross the river if you can read it!  You can also do the same with writing words.  Your adult can ask you to write a word containing the sound, and you can only cross the river once you have done so!  Have fun and try to not get eaten!!!


Here are some suggested words for this game-

ar: jar, bark, car

oo: hoof, cook, soon

oa: soak, foam, toad

Activity-If you would rather, there is another activity.  You will need a dice.  Once you have rolled your dice, look at the number.  Then look at the sheet below and find the row with the same number.  Read the first word in that row.  If you then roll the same number, read the next word.  You can add sound buttons to help you if you wish.