Choose a phoneme.
A word containing a gap will appear in the sand. Listen
to Colin the Clam say the complete word then click on
the sandpie with the right spelling for the missing
phoneme. Each word you get right will add a sandpie
to the sandcastle you are building.
At the end of
the game, you can print out a sheet which shows the
sandcastle with all the words you spelt correctly.
The game provides valuable practice in recognising the
common alternative spelling choices for the nine vowel
phonemes introduced in the National Literacy Strategy
Year 2 word level objectives.
There are 10 different vowel phoneme options to choose
from when playing the Sandcastle Quiz. 9 of them cover
an individual phoneme and its spelling variations and
the 10th covers all of them. They are listed below:-
OW - ow/ou (howl,
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)
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