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Good morning Parks and Franklin class!  Happy Monday!  We hope you had a lovely weekend!


This week we will finish off the last of our Phase 3 sounds, starting with the trigraph 'air'.  Once again, we have included a short video of Geraldine to introduce the sound. 


Hopefully we have sorted out some of the difficulties with PowerPoint and Word and there is enough variety to cover the range of devices etc.  Please let us know any difficulties that you have and we will do our best to sort out any problems.  You will notice that some of the presentations are in both PowerPoint and PDF formats.  If you have PowerPoint, they work best in this and some of the interactive pages are not so good in PDF, but we have still included them as the rest of the presentation is still useful for the children and they are used to these for those that can only access PDF.


For the tasks today, we have given you some games to play around the sound 'air'. We hope you have fun! laugh

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /air/

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Task 1 - ‘air’ Pairs Game Activity

2-4 Players


• Cut out the card & place them face down.

• One child chooses two cards and says aloud the word that is on the front.

• If the cards match, they keep those cards and they get another turn to find a pair of matching cards.

• If none are found, the next child has their turn.

• Play the game until all the cards have been matched.

• The winner is the child who has found the most pairs.

Task 2 - Musical Phoneme Chairs


You will need:

• Level 3 Sound Flashcards

• Level 2 Sound Flashcards (optional)

• Chairs or cushions

• Large space

• Music (suitable for the children to walk to)



1. Form a circle with chairs or cushions facing outward.

2. Place a flashcard faced upwards on each chair. You can just use Level 3 Flashcards or a combination of Level 2 and Level 3 Flashcards.

3. Explain to the children that they are going to walk around and when the music stops, they need to sit on the nearest chair and say the sound written on the card.

4. Start the music, children walk around the circle of chairs.

5. After a short time, stop the music.

6. Children should find a chair/cushion to sit on and say aloud the sound that is on the chair. The children should then stand up and put their flashcard back on the chair face down.

8. Repeat steps 4 and 5, however this time, take one chair away.

9. The child who hasn’t got a chair, when they all sit down, is out of the game.

10. Repeat, each time removing a chair.

11. The winner is the last child to still have a chair to sit on. 


Alternative version - If they are playing at home on their own, the flashcard could be left face up after each round and the challenge can be to turn over of the different sounds on the cushions.