Year 1 Phonics week bg 1.3.21



This week our focus sound is the long and short 'oo'. We are going to explore the different ways that you can spell this sound - the different graphemes.


It might feel a little bit tricky and confusing this week because sometimes the letters can make different sounds in different words. TOP TIP: try sounding out words using both ways to say the sound and think about which one sounds right? For example 'blue' - 'b'/'l' /'oo' and 'b'/'l'/ 'yoo'.


Monday 1st March - long 'oo' sound written as 'ew'

  • First, watch this short clip.

  • Then have a go at reading real and alien words in the Dragon's Den game. Click on phase 5 and click on the 'ew' box.

  • Then have a go at writing some words which contain the 'ew' spelling. Ask a grown up to say the word and you have a go at spelling it. Remember - this grapheme can make 2 different sounds. Click here for a list of words.

Tuesday 2nd March - long 'oo' sound written as 'ue'

  • First, watch this short clip.

  • Then have a go at reading real and alien words in the Dragon's Den game. Click on phase 5 and click on the 'ue' box.

  • Then have a go at writing some words which contain the 'ue' spelling. Ask a grown up to say the word and you have a go at spelling it. Remember - this grapheme can make 2 different sounds. Click here for a list of words.

Wednesday 3rd March - long 'oo' sound written as 'u-e'

  • First, watch this short clip.

  • Then have a go at reading real and alien words in the Picnic on Pluto game. Click on phase 5 and click on the 'u-e' box.

  • Then have a go at writing some words which contain the 'u-e' spelling. Ask a grown up to say the word and you have a go at spelling it. Remember - this grapheme can make 2 different sounds. Click here for a list of words.

Thursday 4th March - short 'oo' sound written as 'u' and as 'oul'

  • Today, I would like you to have a look at this power point all about these different graphemes with your grown up.

  • You could have a go at writing some words which contain the 'u' and 'oul' spellings if you like. Ask a grown up to say the word and you have a go at spelling it. Click here for a list of words.

Friday 5th March - reading and writing Year 1 high frequency words

  • Have a go at reading the words on the tricky trucks. Try the decodable and tricky trucks.

  • Have a go at spelling some of the Year 1 common words in the Little Birds spelling game. Click on Year 1 at the top of the page and then click on a bird box to get a selection of words.