A fishing game can be used to practise any spellings, but these ‘ar’ words are part of the Phase 3 Phonics.


  • Cards with ‘ar’ words written on
  • Cards with ‘ar’ pictures drawn on
  • Metal paper clips
  • Fishing line (piece of string with a magnet on the end)


Ioan cut out pieces of card and wrote some ‘ar’ words on them. He then drew the corresponding pictures. After that he put metal paper clips on each piece of card. We had a ‘fishing rod’ with a piece of string and a magnet on the end.

Ioan and Finn mixed the cards up, then took it in turn to ‘fish’ for a word. They had to spell the word and then find it’s corresponding picture.

Finn sounded out the letters and Ioan helped him to blend them. You can see from their faces how happy they were with Ioan’s finished game.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

ELG 10 – Writing:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.