Phonics is vital in helping our children to access all areas of the curriculum and wider world. In this post we've put together a few ideas of different games and ways that you can help make phonics fun!
The link below is the 2017 Year one phonics mock screening test, we're attaching this because it can give you some ideas for real and alien words that you might like to use in your games. Or if you want to print it out you can chop up the words and use them as cards for games.
Play 'splat the sound'. Lay out the sounds or pin them up somewhere and then ask your child to splat a number of different sounds. We played an alternative version of this using a water pistol!
Spot the sound. The children could have a magazine or newspaper and a pen. They then need to see how many of a particular sound they can find.
You could try hiding the sounds (written out on paper) in sand or soil and the children can go digging for sounds, then they can identify the sounds as they find them.
Real and alien word. We made up our own 'very basic' version of real and alien words. The children could have a go at making their own, we have some very creative children in Year One! You could use the words from the phonic screening test to help you. The children should remember to use their Read, Write, Inc strategies to help them.
Special Friends. Fred Talk. Read the word.
We also played musical sounds. We danced around until the music stopped and then had to go and stand by a particular sound.
If any of you have any phonics games or ideas that you've tried, we'd love to share them on this blog post.