Term 1 Week 3 – Letter i

The first letter tackled this week was the letter i sound.  As you might have seen from the topic blog we met two new characters Bob and Otto.

During this lesson the children mentioned that they like very few insects such as butterflies, and ladybirds.  The general feel was that they don’t like most insects.  The children learnt that insects have 8 legs.

The children explored other objects starting with i through our magic windows game on the white board.

These were iguana, Indian, igloo, and ink.  It was pointed out that there aren’t many words which start with the i sound. (So we cannot include words like ice-cream at this point).

The jolly phonics story for the letter i sound is this.

A family has a white pet mouse.  One night the cage door is left open and the mouse escapes.  It runs along the desk and knocks over an ink bottle.  The mouse is splashed by the ink.  It squeaks, /i,i,i,i/ and tries to scrub it off.  Now the mouse is called Inky.


Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter i sound

The action done when saying the i sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  Pretend to be a mouse by wriggling fingers at the end of nose and squeak /i,i,I,i/.

Letter i sound



  • Step 1 – Start at the top
  • Step 2 – Go down
  • Step 3 – Tail
  • Step 4 – Lift pencil
  • Step 3 – Dot

The children practiced the letter i in sand and on their workbooks using the rainbow technique mentioned in one of last week’s blogs.

They also created 2 insects.  One of the insects is in their All about Me literacy scrapbook.  The children had to use their imagination and create an insect using different shapes, chenille sticks and googly eyes.  The other insect is hanging on our caterpillar wall outside the classroom.

The children also sorted beans and bottle caps as part of their hands on letter i session.  They matched pictures to a letter i flashcard.

Game Practice Ideas For Home

  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on a table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter i. Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound i.  This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as just what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂



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