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We are continuing to help children to hear the initial sounds in words.

Let's play a game of 'I spy', listening for initial sounds in the names of foods.

In school, we will use a collection of real foods or photographs.

At home, you could use a selection of food from your kitchen - just make sure that the name of each food begins with a different sound.

To play 'I spy'

  • gather a collection of 4 or 5 different foods (eg. milk, bread, eggs, pasta, carrot)
  • place the foods on a clear flat surface in front of your child
  • say the words, "I spy with my little eye something beginning with..." and make the initial sound of one of the foods eg. "mmmmm..." (for milk) or "p-p-p-p-p-p..." (for pasta).

If your child struggles/ needs help: slowly begin to say the name of the food.

As your child hears more of the name (eg. "mmm-iii--ll"...- for milk) it should make it easier for them to identify the food. 

Challenge- ask your child to give you the clue and they say, "I spy.........", and say the initial sound of the food/ giving you the clue to the word.

Our story this week is 'The Tiger who came to Tea'.

Listen to the story below and talk about what is happening.

We will be talking about different parts of the story on different days, such as:

  • who are main characters in the story?
  • what happens at the beginning/ middle/ end of the story?
  • how do the characters feel at different times in the story?
  • where does the story happen? 


The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr