Words

Homophones

Sink the Sub

Allow your children to think of 8 adjectives, verbs, nouns, adverbs, key words, spellings, contractions and much more with this versatile activity.

Spelling within Context

This activity encourages your children to put their spelling to the test within the context of a short story.

The children will listen to the story and fill in the missing spaces.

You can choose different levels depending on the ability of your children.

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Writing Sentences

We are always trying to encourage our children to make their sentences more interesting.

This resource explores sentences for your children and they can identify features that are required to make a good sentence.

It also explores command sentences, statement sentences and questions.

Spell it! Insert it! Change it! Define it!

This is a great activity card that allows your children to get more out of the words they read…

They looking at spelling the word, placing it into a sentence, finding a synonym and writing the definition for a deeper understanding.

CCVC Word Recognition

This learning game allows your children to work on their word recognition of CCVC words. You can also add in a list of words to target particular words or sounds.

Pacman - Consonant Cluster

This is a phonics game based on the format of the original arcade game Pacman.

The children are working on initial consonant clusters and must read the CCVC words to move around the board. This learning game also works on word recognition and improves sight vocabulary.

The children will get into pairs. The first child will start at the Pacman and will try to read all the words to reach the Teaching Cave logo. The second player will choose a ghost and follow player 1’s Pacman. Every 5 seconds, player 2 will move their ghost to the next word in an attempt to catch the Pacman.

Once the children have grasped the game, reduce the waiting time for the ghost.

Beginning and Final Sounds in Sentences

Your children can use a highlighter to find the different consonant clusters at the beginning and final sounds within the sentences.

Initial Blends Game

This game allows your children to work on the br pr tr dr gr cr fr sounds by selecting the word to match the word spoken.

Word Mats - Adjectives

Download our booklet of word mats to describe different characters and settings to improve the quality of story writing in your class.

Bingo

Allow your children to work on key words linked to phonics or spellings.

Ask your children to write down words linked to their sound of the day or week. Read out different sentences linked to the words and the children can cover the words should they hear them. E.g. The book was sitting on the shelf.

Phonics Stories

Check out all of our phonics stories and activity cards to develop reading for meaning and comprehension skills in Foundation/Early KS1.

The children must use the story to complete the sentences on the activity cards.

The activity cards are also linked to phoneme spotting and capital letters and full stops to ensure your class are developing punctuation skills as well.

One Minute Phonics

If you are looking for a quick and effective activity to act as a warm up activity for phonics then look no further.

This is an example of our one minute phonics task. The children will be given different consonant clusters, vowel teams, split digraphs and word endings to create new words. They must choose beginning sounds and match them to the final sounds to create as many words as they can in one minute.

Double Vowels

This activity works on recognising mixed double vowel sounds within words.

The children will look for ue   ie   ea   ee   ou   oi   ai   oa   ue & oe words within the circle and write them on the activity cards below. There are 20 words altogether.

To ensure the children have read and understood the words, there are sentences to complete on the activity card.

Scrabble

This activity card can be applied to many activities.

Your class can try to link as many of their high frequency, phonics, topic or spelling words as they can. This works using the scrabble format.

You can give your class a word to begin with or you can allow them to choose a word. Ensure the word is long to get the most out of the activity.

You class will love the challenge of creating as many words as they can.

To extend this activity, add in values for each letter to create scores and link it to numeracy.

Word Boggle

This is a great interactive display idea. The children must create words using the letters on the wall. You could also link this display to the different sounds the children are learning in phonics.

Sentence Creator

This activity allows you or the children to create sentences and then place them into the correct order so they make sense.

A great resource to encourage children to write a sentence and then check over what has been written for self assessment purposes.

Dinosaur Words

This game allows your KS1 children to work on their word recognition and listening skills.

You can choose from a variety of word lists that are differentiated to suit all abilities in your class.

The children must listen to the word and then choose the correct egg to hatch. Repetition is crucial in the learning of high frequency and unfamiliar words.

A great learning game for Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 children.

Consonant Clusters

This is a great phonics resource to have when looking at consonant clusters in words. it looks at different words using the st   sk   sn   sl   sp  sc   sh   sm  and  sw  sounds.

Our one minute phonics activity is a great and fast paced way to get your class engaged and focused on their phonics lesson.

The first group of activity cards explore mostly four letter CCVC words. It explores words such as spot, skid, slip, stop, step, spin, scan, scar, shin, ship, swim, smog and many more.

The children can place the different sounds together to see if they can create a word. These specific sounds have also been chosen to develop vowel sounds within words.

The second group activity cards focus on words that have more than four letter to challenge your more able children. Words such as skirt, snail, snake, stamp, swing, smile, speed and skate are some of the many words the children can create.

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Initial Cluster Match

This resource helps your children look at initial clusters in words as well as comparing different sounds to ensure the sounds are learnt correctly.

This activity is very useful for children who won’t always sound out naturally or blend carefully. The children must match the consonant cluster to the pictures and complete the activity card that accompanies the sounds.

This resource explores dr cr fr br tr gr bl sl cl sp sk and st clusters.

Final Sounds

The children must try to think of words with the same final sound as the words shown. Inform the children that they can use rhyming words to help or you can challenge your class by getting them to think of words that don’t rhyme.

Rhyming Words

Help Max cross the river by selecting the rhyming words. A great activity to allow children to think about the final sounds in words.

Rhyming Words

Your class can work on recognising final sounds in words by completing this rhyming activity.

The children must find the rhyming teams and be aware that there may be more than two words in the rhyming teams.

Similar Meanings

Improve your children’s vocabulary by playing this game. The children must select the words with the same meaning.

Singular or Plural

Sort the words into singular or plural. Match the singular with its plural and choose presents for Lucy.

Prefix and Suffix

Your children must create words by using a prefix or suffix in this learning game. This resource not only teaches your children about prefixes and suffixes, but also provides them with the opportunity to learn new vocabulary and create interesting sentences using those words.

Sight Swat Phonics

Place all your high frequency words out on the floor and give each child a fly swatter (which you can buy on amazon).

Call out a word and the children must try to find it. You could also call out a sound and they could try to locate it within the word.

To encourage more than one winner, create words with the same sounds in them. To extend the activity include words with the same sound but different spelling.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Homonyms

This learning game allows your children to work on Synonyms, Antonyms and Homonyms.

The aim is to match the words by clicking the correct fly.

Homophones Game

Select the correct spelling of the same word to complete the sentence.

Homophones - Your and You're

This resource allows your class to recognise the use of your and you’re within context.

The sentences have been created with the Year 2 spelling list in mind to help your children get the most out of this activity.

The children must read carefully and tick the correct use of the word.

Homophones

In this game, the children are challenged to match the homophones. The words are rotated so the children must use their memory.

Word Grammar

This is a super learning game that develop understanding of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives and prepositions.

This game gives your class a few choices, which is great as it allows you as the teacher to highlight and make comparisons to further develop understanding.

Alphabetical Order Game

Mo has found a word plant. Can you help her put the words into alphabetical order? Fantastic game to consolidate the learning of alphabetical order.

Alphabetical Order

Work on alphabetical order with this learning game. You can choose different levels to differentiate between groups.

Graffiti in Giggleswick

There has been multiple graffiti crimes in the quiet town of Giggleswick.

Order the children alphabetically to see who was caught first.

Alphabetical Order

Alphabetically order the guest list to Grandma’s birthday.

Alphabetical Order

A great resource that allows children to put all the animals in alphabetical order. Download the resource by clicking on the image.

Alphabetical Order

A very simple introduction to first letter alphabetical order. This resource is two worksheets.

Past tense Match

A game whereby the children must match up pictures with the past tense phrase. A great way to introduce children to past tense when writing recounts.

Synonyms and Antonyms

Work on recognising synonyms and antonyms with this great learning game for KS1.

You can choose from different levels to suit different abilities.

Pirate Spelling

A fun activity to help children at KS1 learn about spelling. This activity breaks words up into sounds to assist phonological understanding.

Adjectives

A great activity to introduce children to the way of using adjectives to add more detail to their writing.

This is a super resource for early ks1. The children are challenged to create and find adjectives in texts throughout the activity.

Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

Can your children identify nouns, verbs and adjectives?

This is a fun game that works on children’s understanding of nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Nouns

This is an informative resource that teaches your children about nouns.

The resource gives many useful examples and includes a range of activities to deepen understanding.

Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and more...

A great game to help with identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives and more.

This activity is in the format of an adventure game, which makes it much more exciting for your children to play.

Nouns

In this game, the children must spot the nouns from the list.

Verbs

In this game, the children must spot the verbs from the list.

Adjectives

In this game, the children must spot the adjective from the list.

Revision

This is a great learning game that can be differentiated to suit the abilities in your class.

Adventure game can set at 4 levels covering core elements of grammar and syntax – spelling, punctuation, parts of speech, singular/plural, apostrophes, alphabetical order etc.

Contractions Match

This learning game is super to consolidate the learning of contractions.

A good activity when teaching contractions to KS1 and KS2, and could also be useful as a starter or plenary.

Contractions

This KS1 resource uses the same idea as the plurals.

You can fold the pages in the right way  to help your children learn and remember contractions.

You can even colour code them depending of the rule. They are made using paint strip samples.

Plurals

Tricky plurals are always difficult for KS1 children to remember. By creating fun flash cards like those shown in the picture, you can encourage your children to remember them.

You can also ask the children to decorate the back of the cards. They can then look at the picture, tell you the singular and then plural, and then they can check their answers.

Adjective Detective

This resource is an introduction to adjectives. The children will generate adjectives to describe animals and learn to recognise adjectives within a piece of text.

Synonyms for said

Encourage the children in your class to use a wider range of vocabulary in their writing using these resources. By allowing the children to complete activities using these words, you will not only increase their sight vocabulary, but furthermore, their confidence to use words better suited to their sentences. Ensure the children have a chance to read the words, orally put the words into sentences and discuss the meanings.

Synonyms for looked

Encourage the children in your class to use a wider range of vocabulary in their writing using these resources. By allowing the children to complete activities using these words, you will not only increase their sight vocabulary, but furthermore, their confidence to use words better suited to their sentences. Ensure the children have a chance to read the words, orally put the words into sentences and discuss the meanings.

Synonyms for went

Encourage the children in your class to use a wider range of vocabulary in their writing using these resources. By allowing the children to complete activities using these words, you will not only increase their sight vocabulary, but furthermore, their confidence to use words better suited to their sentences. Ensure the children have a chance to read the words, orally put the words into sentences and discuss the meanings.

High Frequency Words

First 100 HF Words

These free printable resources contain all of the high frequency words recommended in the Letters and sounds phonics programme.

Second HF Word List

Second 100 HF words.

These free printable resources contain all of the high frequency words recommended in the Letters and sounds phonics programme.

Compound Words

Compound words are when two independent words form a new and often more specific word. The most common pattern is that two words are joined together.

For example, ‘jelly’ and ‘fish’ create ‘Jellyfish’. The new words created is very specific to a certain context. These games are a fantastic way to not only develop your children’s compound word skills but furthermore their vocabulary. You can simply choose from the games that would be best suited for your class.

Adjectives

To progress the quality of their writing further, children need to add in more descriptions and adjectives.

This is a link to a variety of worksheets that will enable your children to look for adjectives, add appropriate adjectives into the sentences, and be able to create sentences themselves using adjective word lists.