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Phonics Session 6: Practising the digraph 'oo'

The focus sound today is 'oo'. Last week we looked at this digraph making the long sound like in 'moon'. Today we will be looking at this digraph making the short sound like in 'book'.

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? It sounds like the single sound 'u' doesn't it so that is a tricky question!

Maybe you could practise writing some of these 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:

book

hood

cook

foot

look

shook

good

The challenge is to try to stretch the word 'stood''. There are some sneaky adjacent consonants in that word that are difficult to hear so stretch it 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 these sentences below. There are words with the short oo and the long oo so you will have to try to work out which oo you can see. Parents: the word 'read' contains the 'ea' sound that children do not learn until year 1 so they will need help with this word. It would be nice to have a discussion about how 'ea' makes the same sound as the 'ee' digraph that they already know.

My mum will cook her food on the roof. Then we will read a good book.

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