PhonicsPlay Project Pluto App - Phase 2

A fun filled app involving a sequence of mini games for rehearsing the skills taught in Phase 2 phonics. Phase 2 includes: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, f, ff, l, ll, ss

See below for details of how each mini game develops skills.

The mini games

Phoneme grapheme matching game

Grapheme Planet

So what are they learning? Children are learning to recognise which phonemes match with which graphemes.

A phoneme is a speech sound.

A grapheme is a way of writing a speech sound.

In most cases a grapheme is simply a letter but sometimes two or more letters make one sound e.g. ck.

Why? These are the basic building blocks of the phonic code.

Blending game

Pick a picture

So what are they learning? Children are learning the skill of blending. This is where children say all the phonemes that are shown by the graphemes and blend these together to hear what the word is.

Why? Blending is a vital skill in learning to read new words.

Snack attack game

Snack attack

So what are they learning? Children are practising blending.

Why? Fake words are used to give children the chance to tackle unfamiliar words. They will have to blend to work out these words and can't rely on having learned words off by heart. Learning words off by heart is a great skill to have but doesn't enable children to independently have a go at reading the many new words that they should encounter every day. For further explanation of why fake words are so useful see Phonics FAQs.

Segmenting game

Black holes

So what are they learning? Children are learning the skill of segmenting. This is where children say a word and then split the word into the phonemes that make it up. They can then choose a grapheme that matches each phoneme to spell the word.

Why? Segmenting is a vital skill in learning to spell words.

Sentence match game

Sentence match

So what are they learning? Children are learning to use their phonics skills to read words in sentences.

Why? Phonics knowledge and skills are only any use in the real world if they can be applied when reading full sentences. Reading full sentences as a part of rehearsing phonics skills can help children to take what they have learned in phonics sessions and begin to make use of those skills when reading independently.

Phoneme count game

Phoneme count

So what are they learning? Children are learning to work out how many phonemes there are in words (rather than how many letters).

Why? It is important that children begin to understand that some letters work together to make one sound and therefore the number of phonemes in a word may not be the same as the number of letters. It is also very important when spelling to be able to hear how many phonemes there are in a word.

Word match game

Pick a word

So what are they learning? Children are learning to blend.

Why? Blending is a key skill in learning to read.

Bob says game

Bob says...

So what are they learning? Children are learning to use their phonics skills to read words in sentences.

Why? Phonics knowledge and skills are only any use in the real world if they can be applied when reading full sentences. Reading full sentences as a part of rehearsing phonics skills can help children to take what they have learned in phonics sessions and begin to make use of those skills when reading independently.

Rocket raidgame

Rocket raid

So what are they learning? Children are learning to recognise which phonemes match with which graphemes.

Why? These are the basic building blocks of the phonic code.

Reward picture

Anyone fancy flying a spaceship?

By this time, Obb will be impressed with all the effort your child is putting in and might have a treat in store for them.

Then it's time to start all over again.