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Phonics Session 5: Practising the digraph 'oo'

The focus sound today is 'oo'.

Can you tell your grown up what sound 'oo' makes? Your child will hopefully have been able to tell you 2 sounds that this digraph makes (the long sound like in moon and the short sound like in book). Today's phonics session is looking at the long sound of oo.

Now watch the Geraldine episode carefully... I bet you can't spot any words with the 'oo' digraph in! If you do spot some, where does the 'oo' sound come? Is it at the start of the word, in the middle of the word or at the end of the word?

Can you think of any words with the oo sound in?

Maybe you could practise writing some of those words in your pink book? Show your grown up how you sound out each word to hear every sound you need to write down. Try it for these words:





tooth (you might need to help your child to say this word. Often children will pronounce the word 'toof' so you will need to show them your tongue placement when saying the word tooth - your tongue should go between your teeth for the final sound)

The challenge is to try to stretch the words 'spoon'' and 'boots'. There are some sneaky adjacent consonants in there that are difficult to hear so stretch very slowly!
*When we ask the children to stretch a word, we mean to say it almost in slow motion. This allows them to hear individual sounds much more clearly.*

I wonder if you can read and/or write this sentence:

She will zoom to the moon in a rocket.