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20 October 2014
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Write a Postcard

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How to play
First choose a postcard. Each postcard features a different vowel phoneme. Sentences appear one by one. In the first sentence, you have to click on the focus phonemes. When you have got them all right, the next sentence appears but this time there are gaps in the words. You have to drag the vowel phoneme with the correct spelling into the gap in the word. The game continues in this way until you have completed six sentences.

At the end of the game, all the sentences appear together on the card and you can print the complete card.

In this game the vowel phonemes practiced in the Sandcastle Quiz are contextualised in a series of sentences appearing on holiday postcards. Difficulty is increased by including focus words of more than one syllable. Opportunities for reading practice are also included.

Each postcard covers an individual vowel phoneme and one postcard covers them all. The options are:-

    OW - ow/ou (howl, house)
    OY - oy/oi (boy,join)
    AR - ar/a/al (star,grass,calm)
    DEEP U - oo/u (foot,put)
    AIR - air/are/ear (lair, spare, tear)
    OR - or/ore/oar/war (short, core,roar,ward)
    AW - aw/au/augh/al (yawn,august, caught, chalk)
    IR - ir/ur/er (stir, nurse, nerve)
    EAR - ear/eer/ere (fear, cheer, mere)

Options for launching the game
Start Game standard
The game will launch in this window with site navigation available and some playing instructions.

Start Game full screen
The game will launch in a new 'full screen' window that has no site navigation or instruction. For users of Internet Explorer 4 (or higher) the window will automatically fill the whole screen. This mode may be less confusing for children who could otherwise accidentally leave the game by clicking on a link to another part of the website or on another window on the computer. There is a hidden 'close' button in the top right hand corner - alternatively, press Ctrl and W simultaneously to return to this page.


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