Develop vocabulary of the UK 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


Uncle Bob has gone on an adventure around the United Kingdom.

Watch the video to discover the places he visited and things he did.

Write down or say out loud the different countries of the UK when you hear them in the video

Uncle Bob visited all four countries which make up the United Kingdom . These are:

  • England

  • Scotland

  • Wales

  • Northern Ireland

During his visit, he visited the capital city of each country in the UK.

Can you remember where each capital city is?

Have a go at this interactive drag and drop activity to see.


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

Activity 1

Think about where Uncle Bob visited in the UK and what he saw. Use phonics to write a list of these key words. You may want to watch the video again and write the words down as you hear them.

Here's a couple to get you started:

  • England
  • Northern Ireland

If you're not sure what a word means, ask an adult and write the definition next to it on your list.

Top Tip!

Remember to sound out your words carefully as you write them down. Think about what phonemes you can hear and what graphemes represent those sounds.

Activity 2

Re-watch the video about Uncle Bob's trip around the United Kingdom.

Write a postcard to Freya and Zara from each of the 4 countries Uncle Bob visited. Try and write at least two sentences for each country and draw a picture to show what you saw or did there. Have a look at the example to help.

Super challenge: Can you use some of the key words you have learnt in this lesson?

Example of a postcard from Uncle Bob.

Activity 3

Practise your phonics with the Small Town Superheroes.

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

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

Then go on a hunt around your home 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.

Where next?

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

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you.

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