As you might have realised from the topic work blog letter f for Father Christmas is the next letter we tackled in class during our literacy session.
The first thing the children did was to create a Father Christmas made out of foam cutting and cardboard with a triangle for a body, a semi- circle for a face and the features made up of other small shapes. (This served as shape revision too. 🙂 )
They also wrote the letter sound f on the scrapbook using the rainbow technique and followed the Jolly phonics story for letter f.
A family is at the beach. The children are playing with an inflatable fish that floats on water. Then they build sand castles and put flags on the four towers. Suddenly they hear a strange sound – the plug has come out of the inflatable fish and all the air is escaping. /f,f,f,f,f,f/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter f sound
The action done when saying the f sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are. The children slowly bring their hands together like the fish deflating, making a continuous /f,f,f,f,f/sound.
Jolly Phonic Letter f Song
They also practiced thinking what might start with the letter sound f. Some of the words they came up with were these face, friend, finger, feet, fat, five, float, fork, food and frog.
- Step 1 – Nod the head and go down
- Step 2 – Lift the pencil
- Step 3 – And go across
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 the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter f sound.
- 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 f. 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 🙂