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This video shows how we pronounce the phonics sounds. They are called PURE sounds. They are very short and don't have the 'uh' after them-try saying b, c and d at the front of your mouth without the 'uh' sound after it. This means c-a-t with blend to say cat not cu-a-tuh! 
Try it!


Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language.

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We use the terms 'code' for how it is written and 'sound' for the sound it makes when you say it.

This week we are learning:

the code -y that makes the sound /ee/.




the sound /ay/ that is made with the code 'ai' as in rain and 'ay' as in pay and day


Nessy Reading Strategy: The 3 Sounds of Y

Why is 'y' such an amazing letter? Because it makes 3 different sounds depending on the word! Remember which sound to use with the help of the yetis.

Nessy Spelling Strategy: When To Use ai Or ay

''ai' and 'ay' make the same sound, 'A'. This Nessy animation will explain which one to use.



This week we have been learning about the famous pirate Blackbeard so we needed to know this code ready to write our descriptions.


Why not try making a story out of other Topic related 'ck' words. 










Nessy Spelling Strategy: Cuddly C and Kicking K



The first sound we have been learning this week is 'ar' because pirates use this sound all the time!

Use the videos below to recap and practise segmenting and blending and share your phonics folder with your grown up. 



'ar' Words | Phonics Phase 3

Nessy Reading Strategy: The Sound 'AR'

Pirates Say AR! (song for kids about the "ar" sound)