Practice activities for Group 1 sounds
Once you have taught the first six graphemes from Group 1 sounds, it can be useful to consolidate before moving on to the second group. Here are some activities that can be used as revision.
1 Stick the first 6 graphemes on the board (s, a, t, i, p, n). Point to the letters at random, eliciting the sound and action.
2 Briefly elicit words for each sound but do not write anything.
T: Can you tell me something with the sound s / a / t / i / p / n?
3 Tell the children you are going to say some words and they have to listen to tell you the sound at the beginning, middle or end (use your arm to demonstrate)
T: tin (segmenting and blending with your arm as you do so)
Repeat, encouraging the children to join in
T: Which sound is at the beginning (t) / in the middle (i) / at the end (n)? (use your arm: touch your shoulder / elbow / hand)
tin pat ant sit pan pin tap sip tip
Say words from the list again, encouraging the children to segment the whole word this time. Do the first few with the children and then ask for volunteers.
4 *Magnetic letters
Children work in pairs. Give each pair a set of the first 6 letters.
Dictate words from the list in Activity 3 at random. Children take turns to make those words with the letters in pairs.
*If you do not have magnetic letters, copy a set of grapheme cards and cut them up. Alternatively you can make phonic fans.
5 Working with a story. Find a story with the sounds. Introduce the key vocabulary. Using the pictures only, tell the story to the children. Stick the pictures in order on the board as you do so. Show the sentences in order. Read collectively. Stick each sentence under the correct picture. Read the story collectively again. Remove the sentence cards and shuffle. Individuals read the sentences and stick under the corresponding picture. Children read their own copy of a story to a friend.
6 Gather the children together and review the sounds you have looked at during the lesson. Show random word cards from the list and allow individuals to blend for reading.
7 Encourage the children to read at home again. Involve parents by asking them to sign the story once the children have read it. Motivate the children by recording their progress on a wall chart or rewarding them with stickers if they bring in the signed stories to show you.