Term 1 Week 5 – Letters ck and c

As I mentioned in the topic work section we worked with two special sounds the ck sound.

As you can see these are two letters but they have the same sound.  There are three points which make them special

  • They have the same sound
  • They can be stuck together like in back, neck, sock. (At this level we just make them aware that these letters can stay near each other.  We do not go into detail.  This is done in grade 1).
  • They can be written apart in words like cat and k So although they have the same sound we can use them in different words which mean different things.

We started by looking at the difference between a cat and a kitten as animals.  Their first letter sound is different too.

The children played a game on the interactive whiteboard where they had to highlight one letter from the other.

We then took one of the letters c for cat just like our cat character in Room on the Broom and went into detail just like we usually do with every letter sound.

We started by thinking of other words which start with the c sound.  We came up with these words cat, Christmas, concert, cloud, cake, car, carrot, castle, cow, card and cupcake amongst others.  Some of these words were discussed in the jolly phonic story found below.

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

A family is visiting a castle in Spain.  While they are sitting outside a café’, some Spanish dancers appear in the courtyard.  The ladies wear brightly coloured dresses and click castanets going saying, /c,c,c,c/.

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Action of the letter c sound

The action done when saying the c sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  Raise your hands and snap your fingers together as if you are playing castanets saying c,c,c.

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter c sound


  • Step 1 – Start at the top , make a curve
  • Step 2 – Stop

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Practice Game Ideas For Home

  • Letter Treasure Hunt – One of the games I like to give the children in class is that when we have library time, they look out for the letter sounds we have done so far, point at them and say them. This exercise applies to the ck, c, and k letter sounds as well.
  • 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 the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter c
  • Look for things around you which start with the c 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 c.  This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as yet what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂

The children practiced the formation of this letter on their letter scrapbook using the rainbow technique.

As you saw from a previous blog they also created square cat with square eyes, a square nose and a square tail.

Extra Story – Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes written by Kimberly and James Dean.

The k sound was tackled on a separate day.




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