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Posts by Chris Thorne about the wonderful world of phonics.
Phonic Phones!?!

Phonic Phones!?!

Recently I’ve been seeing this same image pop up over and over again on the internet with the word ‘do it yourself – phonic phones’… being the magpie that I am, the bright colours caught my eye and I liked the sound of them, I just didn’t have a clue […]
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Antonyms

Antonyms

Fantastic Grammar Fact There are more than one antonym for some words. Antonyms for big/tall could be: short, small and tiny.
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'Schw'

‘Schw’

Fantastic Phonic Fact: Many schools don’t use the ‘magic e’ anymore, but instead use the term ‘split digraph’ to mean words like make, like, theme, hope, tube. The a_e, i_e, e_e, o_e, u_e are split around other sounds!
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Keeping it Fresh! For Newbies & Veterans

Keeping it Fresh! For Newbies & Veterans

Trying to keep phonics fresh and interesting isn't always easy. With the expectation of daily lessons (even if they are only 20 minutes long) you can often find yourself using the same little bag of tricks over and over again which can become dull for you to teach and very often the children lose focus. Once they think they know what to expect they tend to switch off - it's best to keep it fresh to keep them on their toes.
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The Story of or by Mr Thorne

The Story of or by Mr Thorne

Suggested Activity: A short story - Mr Thorne was sure that he saw four tall storks on the floor. His daughter Dawn and her friend Sean walked out through the porch and onto the lawn and poured warm water over the four storks on the lawn. - Can your class write an ‘or’ story?
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