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Reading and Phonics

Reading Activity


Along with fluency, reading for meaning is also important. Making sure that your child has understood what they have read, or has been read to them helps them to make links and predictions which in turn can develop their vocabulary and speaking skills. 


A lot of the Biff and Chip books have questions at the end which you could ask your child once they, or you, have finished reading. Or if you can think of a question mid-reading ask it! Questions could range from "What do you think will happen next?" and "How do you think _______ is feeling right now?" to "Tell me what has happened so far in the story". You could also talk about the different characters and the setting.

Have a look at the Parent Reading Prompts PDF below for more ideas. 


Below are some differentiated Reading Comprehensions (your child should know what reading group they are in). Don't worry if you haven't got a printer, you can just write the answers in your home learning book.


The answers to the Seagulls, Crabs and Starfish comprehensions are in a separate PDF so you can check and mark once you are done smiley .

Phonics Activity


In Phonics we have learnt that there are different digraphs that make the same sound. This week explore the 'oa' family. You could play the activities attached below, hunt for them in the books you are reading or even try to write down as many words as you can with these sounds in. Make sure you put on your sound buttons (sausages, beans and spaghetti Birch class!) to help you.


Please use Phonics Play (link is embedded below) for online Phonics games as well. The children will know them well as we use them in class as part of our Phonics learning. They are offering free access using the username: march20 and password: home.


Have a go at the  Phase 5 activities. If these are too tricky explore the Phase 3 activities. 


Check our Mr Thorne Does Phonics and Geraldine Giraffe on You Tube to help remind you if you get stuck.


oa - oa oa goat in a boat

oe - oe oe my big toe!

o_e* -  o_e, o_e, dinosaur bone

ow - (make the action of a bow and arrow)



* This digraph is called a Split Vowel Digraph (as the o and e are split up by a consonant within a word). Essentially the 'e' at the end does not make a sound and the vowel within the word (o) makes the sound of the letter name.