Alphablocks

Have fun with phonics by watching The Alphablocks and playing their online games

Alphablocks
The Alphablocks are 26 living letters who discover that when they hold hands and make a word, it comes to life. Their fun-filled adventures and songs help young children learn to read.
Everything in ‘Alphablocks’ is based on best-practice phonics [Link to Alphablocks Guide to: Phonics article], as taught in schools. Phonics starts with letters and the sounds they make, then builds words by blending the sounds together. New letters, sounds, letter combinations and ideas are introduced in a carefully designed sequence that helps children develop confident reading skills.
Learning with the Alphablocks is easy – by watching the episodes [Link to CBeebies Alphablocks watch clips] and playing the games [Link to games] the phonics sink in and become second nature while they’re having fun!
How Alphablocks and phonics work
The way children are taught to read has changed and many adults aren’t familiar with phonics, so we’ve made these short videos especially for parents, to help you understand phonics and support your child as they learn to read:
Helping your child learn to read with Alphablocks [Link to video]
This tells you about the five stages of Alphablocks phonics and how to find what phonics level your child is at.
The Alphablocks guide to: Letters and sounds [Link to video]
Every letter makes a sound, and the first step in phonics is to master the letters and their correct sounds.
The Alphablocks A-Z of letter sounds [Link to video]
The Alphablocks demonstrate the 26 letter sounds in a fun and memorable way: A says ‘a!’ when an apple falls on her head, B plays bass (b-b-b!)…
The Alphablocks guide to: Word magic [Link to video]
As soon as your child knows some letter sounds well, they’re ready for the key skills of sounding out and blending to read words.
The Alphablocks guide to: Letter teams (digraphs) [Link to video]
When your child is happy with letter sounds and simple words, it’s time to meet the letter teams: letters that join up to make new sounds (SH, OO, AR…)
The Alphablocks guide to: Letter blends [Link to video]
The next step is blends – consonants that blend their sounds together at the start (ST-, BL-…) and end (-ND, -LK…) of words.
The Alphablocks guide to: Long vowels [Link to video]
When your child is ready, it’s time to discover more letter teams that make the long vowel sounds – and to meet Magic E and split digraphs.
We hope these videos are useful to you.
Happy reading!

The Alphablocks are 26 living letters who discover that when they hold hands and make a word, it comes to life. Their fun-filled adventures and songs help young children learn to read.

Everything in ‘Alphablocks’ is based on best-practice phonics, as taught in schools. Phonics starts with letters and the sounds they make, then builds words by blending the sounds together. New letters, sounds, letter combinations and ideas are introduced in a carefully designed sequence that helps children develop confident reading skills.

Learning with the Alphablocks is easy – by watching the episodes and playing the games the phonics sink in and become second nature while they’re having fun!

How Alphablocks and phonics work
The way children are taught to read has changed and many adults aren’t familiar with phonics, so we’ve made these short videos especially for parents, to help you understand phonics and support your child as they learn to read:

Helping your child learn to read with Alphablocks 
This video tells you about the five stages of Alphablocks phonics and how to find what phonics level your child is at.

The Alphablocks guide to: Letters and sounds 
This video helps you support your child through the first stage of phonics - to master the letters and their correct sounds.

The Alphablocks guide to: Word magic
As soon as your child knows some letter sounds well, they’re ready to move on to the next stage – this video explains the key skills of sounding out and blending to read words. 

The Alphablocks guide to: Letter teams (digraphs)
This video teaches you about letter teams: letters that join up to make new sounds (SH, OO, AR…).

The Alphablocks guide to: Letter blends 
This video explains blends, also known as consonant clusters – consonants that blend their sounds together at the start (ST-, BL-…) and end (-ND, -LK…) of words.

The Alphablocks guide to: Long vowels 
In this video we take you through letter teams that make the long vowel sounds – and to meet Magic E and split digraphs.

We hope these videos are useful to you.

Happy reading!

Read about the characters

Alphablocks

Every Alphablock's personality revolves around his or her letter sound:

The central characters are the sripey vowels – A, E, I, O and U. One of them is (almost) always needed to make a word.

A is for apple: aaaaa!
Accident-prone A makes the short a sound (as in apple) whenever she falls from the sky, trips over or an apple falls on her head. Amazing A is also the singer with the BAND.

B plays the bass: b-b-b-b-b!
Brilliant B plays bass beautifully. She likes to boss her brother D around a bit. Let’s boogie, Blocks!

C makes things crack: c!
Cracking C makes a crack with every step – cool! She can be a bit competitive with her brother K, who makes the same sound – copycat!

D plays the drums: d-d-d-d!
Drummer D does dazzling drum solos. He’s in the BAND with his sister, B. Disaster? Don’t despair! D can do it!

E makes an echo: e-e-e!
Excuse me, everyone! Energetic E pulls out his loudhailer and makes an echoey short e sound (as in echo) to get everyone’s attention. He’s the hardest-working letter and he even has a secret alter-ego: Magic E, who wears a top hat and mask and jumps onto the end of words to make long vowel sounds (turning a CAP into a CAPE).

F can fly: ffffff!
Fantastic astronaut F has fun flying along and finds everything around her fabulous.

G Glug-glugs: g-g-g-g-g!
When green-fingered G glugs water, her grassy green hair grows. Gosh!

H huffs and puffs: h-h-h-h!
Hurry, H! H is always catching her breath as she hurries happily along, having fun keeping fit.

I sings i-i-i-i-i! I’m so important!
Incredible I thinks she’s the most important and interesting Alphablock, and she likes to remind us all by singing a loud, operatic short i sound (as in important).

J thinks she’s a jaybird: j-j-j-j!
Jolly J thinks she can sing and fly like a real jay, but in fact, she sings like a juddery jackhammer and lands with a jolt. Jumping Jellyblocks!

K kicks his ball: k! k! k!
King of the kickers, K likes to play keepy-uppy. He thinks his sister C is O.K.

L sings a lullaby: lll-lll-lll-lll-lll!
Lovely L sings a lilting lullaby to help the Alphablocks get to sleep. She loves her friends and likes to look after them.

M likes to munch: mmm!
Munching M says mmm! when he sees something yummy, then mmm-mmm’s some more as he munches it.

N says nnn-nnn… no! ****
No! No way! Not now! Never! N is a little bit negative and can’t bring himself to say yes. N plays No guitar with the BAND.

O says o! o! o! o! o!
Orange O only ever says short o (as in orange) – O-o o-o o! …but the others know exactly what he means. He often pulls out an O-shaped magnifying glass to wonder at things: o!

P appears with a pop: p!
Pixie P pops in, pops out, pops off and pops back, appearing and disappearing whenever she pleases. She particularly likes peas.

Q is quiet without U: qu! qu!
Quiet Q doesn’t make a letter sound on her own: but when U helps her make QU, she feels like a queen and clucks a proud qu-qu-qu!

R roars like a pirate: rrrrr!
Rrright, me hearrrties! Who’s the rrred pirate who’s always rrready to rrride in on her rrrope to rrrescue the rrrest? Arrrrr!

S is for sag: sssss!
Silly S sometimes sags with a sorry hissing sound, but she soon pumps herself up (sss-sss-sss!) and sorts herself out so she can soar in the air again.

T tuts when he runs out of tea: t-t-t!
Terrific T has a tip-top time when his teapot has tea, but Tut-tut! It’s terribly tedious when he runs out.

U thinks everything is unfair: uh!
Unlucky U is quite unfortunate and often upset. He is always groaning the short u sound uh! (as in unfair). Until something unbelievable happens…

V vrooms around: vvv-vvv!
Vrooming V is very kind, very helpful and very, very, vvvery fast: vvvvvvvvvvvvvv!

W is weepy: w-w-w!
Weepy W weeps when he is happy and weeps when he is sad. When he w-w-w’s, his top wells up with water until he wails. But he soon cheers up!

X uses his x-ray vision: x! x! x!
The Exciting X is an excellent superhero. He excels at extracting his friends from extremely extraordinary situations, and his call sign is an X. Stand back, Alphamortals: X strikes again!

Y says yyyyy… yes!
Young Y is always saying Yes! and Yippee! (or Yikes!) …and asking Why? Why? Why?

Z is for zzzzz! Wake up, Z!
Zooming Zebras! Z is in charge of the Alphablocks, but he often dozes off and has a quick snooze.

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