Develop vocabulary through phonics

Home learning focus

To refresh your phonics knowledge and apply it when writing sentences with unfamiliar words.

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 three sounds that were covered in the 'Simple Sounds' mini game above.

Then go on a hunt around your home or garden and try finding objects that start with the same sound. If you can, try writing the names of the items too.

Try to find five items for each sound.

Activity 2: Let's explore the UK

Watch this short video and then try the activity below.

Write down or say out loud the different countries of the UK when you hear them in the video
  • Write down the names of the countries that make up the UK.
  • 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: Let's write some sentences

What can you remember about the UK?

Write four sentences explaining what you heard and saw in the video about each country. If you can, try and use the new words you listed in the activity above.

Remember the countries were:

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

An example sentence could look like this.

In Wales there is a really big mountain called Snowdon.

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised your phonics skills and created sentences using unfamiliar words

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