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Letter sounds in squares

The following letter sounds are the main ones that the children should learn really
well. The problem for the bottom 25% is that they usually have a poor memory for
symbols and words, and that it takes them longer to learn these really well.
Preparation:
Print on light coloured A4 paper / US letter, laminate and cut up.
Teaching ideas for special needs teachers or assistants in the classroom (make sure
that the children know most of the letter sounds before you work with them the aim
is to mainly reinforce the knowledge and speed up their responses):

hold up each letter sound. The child who calls out the correct sound keeps
it. Count up at the end to find the winner.
deal out the letter sounds to the children in a small group, and ask them to
put them in front of them. Go round asking the children in turn to read their
letter sounds.
drop a pile in the middle. Each child picks one up and says the sound to the
teacher (you might have to point to the child you want to hear so they don't
all shout at once!). It is a bit of a shambles and rather noisy but the
children love it. They keep the ones they get right. Count up at the end
and the winner is the child with the highest number correct.
deal out the letter sounds and ask the children to lay them out in front of
them. Call out simple regular words that can be made from their letters.
Each child has to listen for the sounds in the word and, if he/she has one or
more of the sounds, he/she must quickly push it/them forward to help make
the word in the middle of the table.

* Note that the letter sounds are in the Sassoon Primary Infant font. If you do
not have this font on your computer, then the words will change to a font that is
on your computer. If this is not suitable for the children to read or it doesn't fit
into the squares, then highlight and choose a more appropriate font e.g. one that
does a rounded letter <a> rather than this complicated printed one <a>, or
change the font size so it fits into the squares.
*Sassoon Primary Infant font can be purchased on the internet at
www.clubtype.co.uk

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42 letter sounds

s
i
c
h
d
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a t
p n
k e
r m
g o

u
b
oa
or
ng
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l f
ai j
ie ee
z w
v oo

y
sh
ou
er

x ch
th qu
oi ue
ar

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Vowels and alternatives

ai
ee
ie
i-e
o-e
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ay
ea
igh
oa
ue

a-e
e-e
y
ow
ew

u-e
ur
aw
oy
ar

er
or
al
ou
wh

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ir
au
oi
ow
ph

Other useful sounds to know


(note 'nk' is a blend but useful to teach, as if it was a digraph.
The next three sounds help the children to cope with words like 'chair', 'stare', 'pear'.
The last ones help the children understand the soft 'c' and 'g'. When 'e,i, or y' comes
after the letter <c> the sound usually changes to /s/ e.g. ice, city, cycle, and when the
'e,i, or y' comes after the letter <g> the sound usually changes to /j/ e.g. gentle, giant,
gymnastics)

nk -air -are
-ear

ce ci cy
ge gi gy
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