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Daily Phonics Tasks

  • Recap all sounds using flashcards - 

    s  a  t  p  i  n  m  d  g  o  c  k  e  u  r  h  b  f  l  j  v  y  w  x  z

    ck  sh  th  ch  qu  ng  nk  ay  ee  igh  ow  oo (long)  oo(short), ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy

  • ‘Fred Talk’ Green Words
  • Practise writing letter shapes. Don’t forget to start in the correct place. If you feel your child is finding pencil, control & grip challenging use larger sheets of paper, the bigger the better!
  • Revise Phase 2 Tricky words – I, no, the, to, go, into
  • Phase 3 Tricky Words – he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her, was, what, there. are

If your child has not mastered blending (Fred Talking) yet, please practise a few minutes every day. This will help to build your child’s confidence and in turn will enable them to succeed!


  • Make words using our sounds with magnetic letters/ Alphablocks etc.
  • Print off/write out CVC words for your child to ‘Fred Talk’


Writing at Home

The children are encouraged to write a simple sentence e.g. 'The cat is on the mat.'. Look at our 'Writing Checklist' below to help with writing at home.


Writing Checklist

  1. ‘the’ is a tricky word so you cannot sound it out.
  2. ‘The’ needs a capital letter as it is at the beginning of the sentence.
  3. cat, is, on, mat – can be written using ‘Fred Fingers’.
  4. Don’t forget to put a finger space in between each word.
  5. If you get to the end of the line and there is not enough room for the next word, start on the line below.
  6. What do we put at the end of our sentence? – full stop

‘Fred Fingers’

‘Fred Fingers’ are used for spelling. Children hold up the hand that they do not write with. They sound out the word they are spelling and put up the correct number of fingers for the word. E.g. c-a-t = 3 sounds =3 fingers.


  1. Ask your child how many sounds they can hear in the word ‘cat’
  2. Ask your child to put up their Fred Fingers (there should be three)
  3. Using the hand that your child writes with, they pinch the first finger and say the first sound in the word ‘c’
  4. Pinch the middle finger and say ‘a’
  5. Pinch the last finger and say ‘t’
  6. Fingers are pinched left to right, as we would read.


Reading at Home

Your child should read daily at home. Ten minutes each day will greatly improve their confidence and progress. You can find free ebooks and decodable comics for different levels on the websites below.