Since doing some kinaesthetic activities for the Phonics sound ‘or’, Ioan has been asking to do some more activities for other Phase 3 Sounds. I set out a carousel of activities for him to work through and he was in his element.


  • Loose parts: Crystal vase fillers, Shells, Buttons, Pom-poms, Syringe adaptors, Feathers, Sponge letters, Rainbow pebbles, Pine cones, Bath letters, Alphablock letters, Wooden people, Wooden letters, Alphablock jigsaw letters
  • Whiteboard and pens
  • Jolly Phonics songs on i-pad
  • Chalk board
  • Magnetic letters and blackboard
  • Aquadoodle
  • Magnetic sand board
  • Magnetic pen board
  • Crayola whiteboard crayons
  • Letter stencils


Ioan circles each word off on the whiteboard once he’s finished a circuit.

He used loose parts to ‘make’ the letters in the sound ‘ar’. Once he’d finished, he said the sound at different volumes and in different voices.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.

ELG 10 – Writing:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.