This week we are learning about phonics, specifically word families, digraphs and blends. You can watch Ms. Mc Geough teaching word families and digraphs below.
Words that have the same rime ending and rhyme with each other are called word families. These include -am (jam, ham, Mam), -ad (Dad, mad, sad), -in (pin, bin, tin..), -it (sit, hit, pit…), -ot (hot, cot, pot..) and so many more.
A digraph is when two letter sounds come together to make just one single sound. You can’t hear each letter sound. Eg. ‘c’ and ‘h’ cannot be heard when saying ‘ch’. During the year, the Senior Infants learned the following digraphs through Jolly Phonics:
ch, sh, th, qu: these four digraphs can be used at the start of a word
ai, oa, ie, ee, or, ng, oo, ou, oi, ue, er, ar: these digraphs are usually used in the middle or at the end of words
These digraphs can be revised through singing the Jolly Phonics songs at the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvz-eDZkch8 Your child should practise singing these songs everyday to retain their learning.
A consonant blend is when two or more letter sounds come together but each letter sound can be heard. Eg. ‘b’ and ‘l’ can be heard when saying ‘bl’. Example of consonant blends are: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl (these blends are easiest to say), br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr etc.
For the following activities, try to focus on digraphs and consonant blends that can be used at the beginning of words such as: ch, sh, th, qu, ph, bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr. Encourage your child to think of words beginning with these digraphs.
You can obtain further information from the Jolly Phonics website and its resources: https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/
Visual Literacy: Try Miss Mc Geough’s Visual Literacy Challenge 6 ‘If It Is Not a Flower, Then What Is It?’ in the Extra Challenges section of the school website. Challenge your child to finish drawing the given picture and send in their illustrations to email@example.com.
Stories to Practise Reading:
Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Games:
Handwriting: Continue with Handwriting Workbook.
Teidí agus Ainmhithe na Feirme (Teddy and the Farm Animals)
Listen to Ms. Gilroy read the story.
The following words are pronounced in the video above.
Downloading Bua na Cainte B (your child’s Irish programme)
If you decide to download it, the username is “trial” and the password is “trial”. However, you will need a laptop and fast broadband as it is a huge file. A free version is available at this link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2l9k7prhpldw0od/AACvW1YAwQfDlaeDnbWBc1X0a?dl=0 . Click Mac or PC (whatever your computer or laptop is-the majority are PC), then click on ‘Senior Infants’, and finally click on ‘Bua-b-setup-pc.exe’. Your computer should automatically start downloading a trial version of Bua na Cainte.
If you are using Bua na Cainte this week, go to:
– Mé Féin
-Is Mise an Madra
Watch Ms. Meenagh go on a minibeast hunt!
Head outside and see if you can find any minibeasts near you. Take photographs or draw pictures and send them into us firstname.lastname@example.org
Click onto the link below and draw one of the farm animals on the right-hand side of the website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezegUT9U6fM&list=PLnoO3k54vcBTqRMyiXu8WfNANA25PBjA6
Listen to Ms. Meenagh sing The Bare Necessities on the ukulele. There are two minibeasts named in the song – did you hear what they were?
Sing along if you know the words!
Watch any of the teachers’ challenges from the Active Home Week section of the school website and try to get fit for Active Home Week 2020!
Ms. Tiernan’s Activities:
Let’s keep working on sounds this week. Click on the following links to work on sounds: