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Week commencing 22nd June

Activity 1

A few weeks back I introduced a great website called Teach your Monster to Read. It is an award-winning series of games which helps children to master the key first stages of reading.  It's been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing).

It’s free to play on a PC and laptop, or you can download the Teach Your Monster to Read app from the app store on phones and tablets.

If you are using a PC, click the link below:


and then write your child’s name (just the forename with a capital letter at the beginning. For example, Jon Smith should type Jon). Then press play and you’re ready to go.

If you use the app, you just need to put the star code first: 5741932 and the name of your child like before.

There are not passwords needed.

I have been monitoring who has engaged in the games, so I can add challenges and different activities for each player. Try to use it this week, so I can see the sounds you have been practising.


Activity 2


PDF version should you wish to print it

Activity 3

Look at the sounds below. Each sound matches the first sound of each animal in the story ‘Monkey Puzzle’. Can you match them all?

The sounds /s/ and /b/ are for two animals respectively (butterfly and bat, snake and spider).

After that, write down all the letters that make those sounds. You could also try to write the name of your favourite animal (it could be as short as ‘bat’ or as challenging as ‘elephant’).

PDF version should you wish to print it

Activity 4

Repeat yesterday’s activity but think with your child of a name to go with each animal. The rule is, the first sound matches, for example ‘Elsa the elephant’, ‘Michael the monkey’ or ‘Saira the spider’.

Activity 5

Which animal would you like to be? Use your imagination but remember this rule: the first sound of your name must match the first sound of the chosen animal. Lyla could be a leopard and Anmol could be an antelope. Mine would be Juan the hyena (notice that the initial letter doesn’t match, but the sound does). 

Children could do this for their siblings and friends and then draw the picture of themselves as the animal they have chosen.