Using phonics to develop vocabulary about exploring

Home learning focus

To refresh your phonics knowledge and apply it when writing sentences about exploring.

This lesson includes:

  • a game to help refresh your phonics skills

  • three activities to do at home


Play the Simple Sounds mini game on Small Town Superheroes. Use the yellow arrows to navigate to the Sally and Percy section to find the Simple Sounds game.

If you can, open the game in a new tab. You can do this by right clicking on the window and selecting open link in new tab.

Click to play the game

Once you've familiarised yourself with the simple sounds try the activities below.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Hunting for sounds

Pick five sounds that were covered in the Simple Sounds mini game above. If you completed the phonics lesson last week, try picking some sounds that you didn't choose then.

Go on a hunt around your home or garden and try finding objects that contain these sounds. Make a list of the items you find for each sound.

Activity 2: Phonics in the rainforest

Watch this short video and then try the activity below.

Explore the rainforest.
  • Write down the names of some of the animals you recognised in the rainforest video.
  • Using your phonics knowledge, try writing down any words that were in the video that you hadn't heard before.
  • Using the list of new words you've created, quiz the people around you to see if they know the words.

Activity 3: Write a postcard

Imagine you have been to the rainforest.

Write a postcard to somebody you know explaining what it's like there. You could write this to a friend, a family member or even your school teacher.

  • Make sure you use capital letters and full stops in your sentences.
  • Include some description. For example, In the rainforest there are amazing animals and lots of colourful plants.
  • Make sure you finish your postcard with a closing like 'lots of love' or 'from'.

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised your phonics skills and developed your knowledge and vocabulary about rainforests.

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