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Week 3 (18.1.21)


Today we're looking at the sound 'ir' like in the words 'whirl' and 'twirl'. Can you think of any other words with this sound in?


  1. Decide which word you want to write about e.g. gir
  2. Think of a sentence with your chosen word in e.g. The girl did a twirl.
  3. Say the sentence lots of times to yourself to help you remember it (you can even say it in silly voices like we do in Phonics)
  4. Have a go at writing it out (use Fred fingers to help you spell and sound out)
  5. Look at what you've written - read it back to check it makes sense and it has capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in the correct places (the children should be used to checking their own work using the prompts at the bottom of the template sheet)


Gold star challenge:

Try to include the joining word 'but' in one or more of your sentences for a gold star!


(Below see the documents below for support)



Today we're going to think about rhyming words! Remember that rhyming words are words that have the same or a similar ending sound e.g. hat sounds like bat / zoo sounds like chew. 


Warm up: Have a look at the slides below and choose the correct rhyming words for horn, tail, snake and tree. See if you can also help Ronald finish his short poem for his friends, by working out the missing rhyming words.


Main activity: Then have a look below at the PDF 'Ronald the rhino matching activity' and have a go at matching the list of rhyming words at the bottom, to the 3 main words (horn, spot, snake).

Make 3 columns in your exercise book/on paper, and write the 3 main words (horn, spot, snake) at the top of each column. Then add the other words under the correct columns depending on what they sound like!


Feel free to print out the sheet if you wish.


Challenge: The author of the book, Julia Donaldson, loves to use rhyming words in all of her stories!

Listen to Fi read The Highway Rat again, and see if you can spot all the rhyming words throughout the story! 



Last week, we learnt a little bit about 'suffixes'. A suffix is a letter/group of letters that we can add to the end of a word to change its meaning. Remember, we turned some singular nouns (only one) into plural nouns (more than one) by adding the suffixes 's' or 'es'. 

Today we're looking at the suffix 'ing'. Have a look through the slides below to learn about the types of words we can add 'ing' to and how it changes the meaning of these words.


Then have a go at completing one of the activities below. You can write the work into your exercise book/onto plain paper and draw pictures next to each of them. Alternatively, if you wish to print the sheets and work onto these please feel free to do so.


Refresh your memory - Yesterday we thought a little bit about 'verbs' when adding the suffix '-ing'.

Have a little look through the slides below to remind your self of what verbs are.

Then see how many different verbs you can find throughout The Highway Rat story.

Make a list on paper/in your exercise books.


Below, I've uploaded the story if you wish to read it out to your child yourself or alternatively you can watch and listen to Fi reading it aloud.

The Highway Rat - read aloud