Package 1-1: Phonics

In these phonics lessons your child will be learning the most regular phoneme (sound) that are represented by these graphemes (letters) /s/ /t/ /a/ and /p/.

Week 2 – Package 1 - Kindergarten English/Literacy - Phonics

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

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Lesson videos lesson 1, lesson 2, lesson 3, lesson 4, lesson 5

Books – Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5

Decodable text or early reader which includes opportunities to practise these sounds

Independent Activity Sheets

Make your own sheets by copying them onto paper yourself.

Blank sheets of paper or workbook


Pencils are best, but can use any other writing tools such as textas, pens or crayons.

Before you start

Make sure your child has everything ready that they will need at the start of the lesson. There is 1 video lesson for each day and 1 book to read through each day.

Check that the videos are working and that the volume is turned up for the video lessons. It will help if your child is in a quiet environment because it is very important to hear how the phonemes (sounds) are pronounced.

Print and fold the books.

If your child has already learnt these phonemes, this will be a good chance to practise and strengthen this learning.

What your child needs to know and do

In these phonics lessons your child will be learning the most regular phoneme (sound) that are represented by these graphemes (letters) /s/ /t/ /a/ and /p/. They will learn to recognise each grapheme, and they will learn to blend the phonemes together so that they can read and write words. Phonemes are introduced in an order so that words can be made straight away from the phonemes that have been taught.

What to do next

Your child will need to watch each video for their phonics lesson and then read the book.

Check that your child is pronouncing the sounds correctly. Look at their mouth, are they forming the phoneme correctly? There will be questions in the video that your child needs to respond to. Encourage your child to respond out loud. You may consider pausing the videos at times if your child needs more time to respond to the questions. It is important your child says and hears the sounds as they see the corresponding letter on the screen.

When reading the books, support your child to look at the letters and say the phonemes that they represent and blend those phonemes together to read the word.

The independent practise activities can be completed following the lesson for further practise.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

You can slow down the learning by pausing and providing more time to practise.

You can focus on being able to say the sound when the letter is displayed.

You could focus more on the blending of the words and manipulating the order of the phonemes.

e.g. “I have ‘sat’. Take away the /s/. What is the new word?”

“I have ‘at’. At the beginning add /p/. What word have you made?”

Extend the learning

  • Complete the Independent Activity Sheets
  • Look for the letters ‘s’ ‘a’ ‘t’ and ‘p’ around the house and encourage saying the phoneme that those letters can represent.
  • Brainstorm words that have the sound in them that we were learning today, e.g. sock, bus, tip, Tim, cat
  • Write the letters /a/ /s/ /p/ /t/ on post-it notes in both capitals and lower-case and scatter them throughout the house. Look for those letters around your home and say the phoneme out loud that is represented by those letters for more practise. Make it fun!
  • Re-read the books throughout the day. Read them aloud.
  • The lessons can be repeated at other times throughout the day for further practise. Repetition supports learning.
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