Term 2 Week 2 – Letter w

From the topic work blog you could see that the other letter for this week was w – wool.

Jolly Phonic Letter w story

We started with a story based on one of Aesop’s fables.  The sun and the wind are competing who will manage to keep on or take off the jacket a man is wearing and so show who is the stronger of the two.

The wind blows strongly and the sun shines hotter and hotter.  I gave the story our own ending by saying that the wind won (since we are working on letter sound w.)  The man remained with his jacket on!

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We even acted the story out in class and the children had a good laugh when Olda being the man in the story was given my jacket to wear to protect him from the wind, which obviously was too big for him.

Here is the photo   🙂

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As usual the children also came up with their own w words.  They mentioned words like wind, word, window, wolf, win, wand, watch, which, when, where, why and wall.  They also played the magic window game on the white board which showed some of the words above.

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter w sound

The children pretend to be the wind and blow on their own hands saying / w,w,w,w,/.

Letter w formation

w formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, slide down
  • Step 2 – and up the hill
  • Step 3 – slide down again
  • Step 4 – and up the hill once more

Important point – I pointed out that this letter has two points at the bottom for them to differentiate it from the letter v which we will be doing shortly.

The children practiced the usual w formation using crayons on their scrapbook.  They also created their own craft.  They created a patterned web using wool and a circle shaped cardboard.

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Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter w.
  • 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 w
  • 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 w. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

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Term 2 Week 2 – Letter z

As you might have guessed from the topic work blog one of the letters for this week was z – zebra.

We used the book we read in the circle time Zack the Zebra to find other words which start with this letter sound.  The words that the children found were the following: zebra, zig zag, zoo, zucchini and Zack.

With the help of the magic window they came up with their own list of words: zip, zero, zebra crossing, They definitely did not forget to mention Zara   🙂

The Jolly phonics story for the letter z sound is this:

A girl (we called her Zoya) is playing outside with her toy zebra.  She watches a bumblebee which is buzzing around the daisies.  As it goes from flower to flower, it makes a loud buzzing sound /z,z,z,z/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter z sound

The children pretend to be the bees.  They tuck in their elbows and flap their arms like wings, making a continuous / z,z,z,z,/.

Letter z formation

z formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go across
  • Step 2 – slant down to the left
  • Step 3 – Go across

As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter z formation in the scrapbook.  The craft associated with this letter was a z cutout.  This was the body of the zebra.

They then added a pattern using black strips of paper as stripes (7 in all). They also added the eyes, mouth and the mane which had a pattern in itself.

Z songs –

 


Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter z.
  • 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 z
  • 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 z. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

Term 2 Week 1 – Letter j

The second letter for term 2 week 1 was letter j – jaguar.  The jaguar is another animal which has a pattern on its body as I blogged in the previous topic work section.

As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the j sound.  The words like jump, jacket, juice, jeans, jam, jelly,  jewel, jaguar, jug and juggle are the words that they came up with based on the jolly phonic picture story below as well as thinking whilst just listening to the letter sound.

They also mentioned a few children in class and people they know whose names start with this letter: Jake, Joshua, Julian, Jean, Jeanmarie, Jessica and James.

They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter j sound:

A mummy and her daughter are making some jelly.  When it is read they tip it onto a plate.  The jelly is tall and red and has four layers.  As they carry it to the table it wobbles and wobbles.  The girl laughs and pretends to wobble just like the jelly, saying /j,j,j,j/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter j sound

The children pretend to be the jelly and say /j,j,j,j,j,j/.


Letter j formation

j formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – And hook
  • Step 3 – Lift and dot

As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter j formation in the scrapbook.  We will doing more hands on activities with this letter beginning of next week.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter j.
  • 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 j 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 j. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂

 

Term 2 Week 1 – Letter l

The first letter for term 2 week 1 was letter l – lion.  The lion is one of the animals we saw during topic work which has a two coloured pattern in its mane, orange and yellow.

As you got used to by now we use our magic window on the interactive white board to find some words which start to this letter.  We also take a close look at a picture which has objects starting with the letter in question.

Finally the children brainstormed for other words which start with letter sound l.  Here is the final result – light, lamp, lion, leg, lip, lemon, leaf, letter, lollipop, lick and ladder, letters and lizard.

The children also follow the Jolly phonics story for the letter l sound:

Some children are at a birthday party.  There are lots of balloons and some lovely food.  They eat little cakes and drink some lemonade.  One girl wins ’pin the tail on the donkey’ and gets a lime lollipop as a prize.  She licks her lollipop /l,l,l,l/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter l sound

The children pretend to lick a lollipop making a continuous /l,l,l,l,l,l/.

Letter l formation

l formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – And tail

As is the usual routine the children practice their letter l formation on the scrapbook

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter l.
  • 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 l 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 l. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they do not understand exactly what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂

 

Term 1 Week 12 – Letter b

Letter b – bell.  The first thing the children did was to create a bell craft which they decorated with glitters which they love using very much.  This is hanging outside our classroom door.

As usual they practiced the letter sound b formation on their scrapbook using the rainbow technique.  The children then followed the Jolly phonics story for letter b.

Granny is sitting on a bench in the park.  She is with her grandson and his baby brother.  The boy goes to play with a friend who has a bat and ball.  They throw the ball to each other and bash it as hard as they can.  As the bat hits the ball it goes /b,b,b,b,b/.

b picture

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter b sound

The action done when saying the b sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are.  The children pretend to hold a bat and hit a ball saying /b,b,b,b,b/sound.


They also practiced thinking what might start with the letter sound b.  Some of the words they came up with were these bell, boat, bird, big, bounce, bag, blue, black, ball and book.  We also mentioned the names of people we might know who start with the letter b like Bernard.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – Small bounce up
  • Step 3 – And make a tummy

b formation

The children practiced their rainbow b.  Now that the children are exposed to both letters b and d I showed them that it is very easy to mix these two letters up so the trick to try and remember them are by using the following images:

b-d

I will go into more detail about b and d when we actually practice writing b and d during the second term.

Practice Ideas For Home

  • You can display some magnetic alphabet letters on a board and ask you child to remove the letter of the day. In this case letter b.
  • You can also call it a letter b day and whilst going about your chores spot those objects which start with b and say them with your child emphasizing the first sound b.
  • 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 b 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 b. 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.   🙂

 

Term 1 Week 12 – Letter f

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/.

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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.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Nod the head and go down
  • Step 2 – Lift the pencil
  • Step 3 – And go across

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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   🙂

 

 

Term 1 Week 10 Letter o

The first letter for the 10th week was letter o – oval.  The children saw that the baubles on the Christmas tree were special.  They have an oval shape.

As you got used to by now we brainstorm for other words which start with letter sound o.  The children came up with the following words, orange, Olav and olive.  We then used our bodies to mimic on, over.

Last but not least we took a look at the names of the children whose names start with o, Olda    🙂

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter o sound:

A family moves into a new house.  The children’s bedroom has bunk beds in it.  The sister has the top bunk.  When they are in bed, the brother will not sleep.  He plays with the light switch, turning it on and off,/o,o,o,o/.

N.B.  I told the children that they should not play with the switches like the boy in the story.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter o sound

Pretend to turn a light switch on and off and say /o,o,o,o/.

 

Letter o formation

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  • Step 1 – Start at the dot, make a curve
  • Step 2 – Go all the way round and join.

We ended the lesson by doing the letter o formation using the crayon technique or what we call in class the rainbow technique.

The children also stuck a recycled oval Christmas card representing the oval shape on their workbooks.

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 o 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 o. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding exactly what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

 

Term 1 Week 9 – Letter g

The only letter for this week was letter g – grass grow.

The children became aware that all things that are alive grow.  At first we are babies, than we start to crawl and walk.  At this stage we are called toddlers.  We grow some more and start going to school and so on.  Same applies for animals and plants. They grow.  (Refer to topic work blog).

We also discussed other words which start with the g sound.  These are some words we came up with: green, grass, girl, gate, glass, glasses, goat and game.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter g sound:

Granny’s sink is blocked and full of water.  She calls the plumber and asks him to fix it.  He unblocks the sink and the water drains away.  As it goes it makes a gurgling sound, saying, /g,g,g,g/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter g sound

Turn both your wrists in a circular spiral motion, as if the water is gurgling down a plughole and say /g,g,g,g/.

Letter g formation

g formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top at the dot, make a curve
  • Step 2 – Go up
  • Step 3 – Go down
  • Step 4 – Make a hook.

The children created a gate out of brown recycled paper as well as grass effect using green recycled paper which they stuck on their literacy workbooks.

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 g 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 g. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding exactly what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Letter r

The second letter for this week was letter r.  As you know from one of the topic work blogs we discussed recycling, thus letter r.

We also discussed other words which start with the r sound.  These are some words we came up with: rabbit, rain, red, road, roses, rocking horse, racket, river and ring.

I suggest that when you go through these words with your children show them pictures of the items on the internet and also write the word on a piece of paper highlighting the first letter.  This helps them understand the first letter sounds better.

A boy is in his room, playing with his dog Ralph.  The boy is pulling the old rug that the dog plays with saying, /r,r,r,r/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter r Sound

The children pretend to have a rug in their mouth just like Ralph the dog, moving their head from side to side saying /r,r,r/.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top
  • Step 2 – go down
  • Step 3 – Bounce up
  • Step 4 – and Nod

r formation

The children practiced the formation of this letter using the usual rainbow technique in their literacy scrapbook.  They also coloured in a recycling sign green and stuck recycled green paper inside it.

They also created a rocket using recycled cardboard and other scraps of coloured paper.  This linked recycling to taking care of our planet.  They played with the rockets for a while pretending to be astronauts and flying in space and then we hung them outside our class.

The children were so interested that I showed them a couple of videos of how astronauts do some every day chores in outer space like washing their hair and brushing their teeth.

 


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 r 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 r. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence

We also revised the letters we did so far from the second jolly phonic group by playing a recycling game each item to recycle started with one of the letter such as c-car toy, k-key, h-hat, money, egg and dinosaur toy.

 

Term 1 Week 8 – Letter e

One of the letters for this week was letter e.  As you know from one of the last topic work blogs we took a close look at the Earth.  We associated this with e for Earth.

We also discussed other words which start with the e sound.  These are some words we came up with: egg, elbow, enter and exit, elephant and envelope.  The children discussed amongst them whose name starts with the letter sound e – Emily.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter e sound:

Some children are staying on a farm.  In the morning they feed the hens and collect the eggs for breakfast.  They take the eggs back to the kitchen and give them to the farmer’s wife.  She cracks the eggs open on the side of the pan, saying, /e,e,e,e/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter e sound

Pretend to crack an egg at the side of a pan with one hand.  Use both hands to open the shell saying /e,e,e/.

When saying this letter sound e at home the children might try to stretch their mouths horizontally by putting a finger at both sides of their mouth.

I told them to practice it this way to distinguish it from the letter a sound where you have to open your mouth like in biting an apple.  These two letters don’t have the same sound.

Formation

  • Step 1 – Start in the middle, go across.
  • Step 2 – and make a c or curve.
  • Step 3 – Stop.

e formation

We ended the lesson by creating the earth with a small blue circle and splashing drops on blue paint on half of the circle.

They then folded it to create the same image on the other side.  (Introduction to symmetry).  This work is displayed on our wall outside the classroom.

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 e 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 e. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence.