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Today we are learning the new trigraph - ear.


Practise recall and formation of some of the phonemes already learned (select up to 10 from the list below), especially the new digraphs and trigraphs - s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, f, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x, y, z, qu, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh. Say the sound and ask your child to write it from memory (although they may use a sound mat for support if needed).


Sing the alphabet song and ask your child to point to the letters as they are sang.


Introduce the phoneme ear. We usually run our finger down and around one ear for the action. Practise forming the trigraph joining the letters if possible. 


Play 'Soundbuttons'. Write the words listed and add sound buttons together, drawing a round button beneath each single letter sound and a line under the 2 letters in a digraph or 3 letters in a trigraph. Support your child to blend and read each word: ear, dear, fear, hear, gear, near, tear, year, beard.


Read the sentences containing the 'ear' sound. Look for tricky words and digraphs and trigraphs before reading.