Water ping pong
Phonics is a key area of learning in Key Stage 1 and therefore should be made to be an enjoyable learning experience for the children. These phonics activities are tactile and sensory to give the children a new way of learning.
You will be able to:
- decode and read words with split digraphs.
You will need (per class)
- 1 x shallow Gratnells Tray (F1) with a lid
- 2 x fishing nets
- 20 x Ping pong balls with words written on (quantity depends on how many words you want to challenge the children with).
- Choose the selection of split digraph words.
- Use a permanent pen to write the words onto the ping pong balls.
- After the words have dried, place them into the tray with water.
What to do:
- Explain to the children that they need to use the fishing net to catch a word.
- When they have caught one, they need to read the word correctly.
- After the child has read the word, they put it to one side.
- The child with the most correctly read words at the end is the winner.
Other things to try…
- How many words can the children remember?
- Add in some ‘alien’ words, for the children to sort.
- Sort the words into the different split digraph groups (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e)
- Put the words into sentences.
- Share photographs of your phonics fun on social media using #WhatsInMyTray.
Health & Safety
As with all Gratnells Learning Rooms What’s In My Tray activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any of the activities or demonstrations.