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Phonics dice (“s”, “a”, “t”, “p” sounds)

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Phonics dice (“s”, “a”, “t”, “p” sounds)


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     identify the sounds of “s”, “a”, “t”, “p” and categorise the words correctly.

Target Language:

Words beginning with “s”, “a”, “t”, “p” sounds

Time needed for preparation:

60 minutes

Time needed in class:

60 minutes


Year 1

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Group Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



Phonics song or any song you normally use, 4 dice (attachment A), letter cards (attachment B), two worksheets (attachment C & D)

Procedure before class:

Make 4 dice of “s”, “a”, “t”, “p” sounds  2. Make one copy of each of the worksheets per pupil.

Procedure in class:

1.       Sing the phonics song together with actions. Get the pupils to copy you.
2.       Put the letter cards of “s”, “a”, “t”, “p” on the floor. Select two pupils representing boys and girls.
3.       Sound the “s”, “a”, “t”, “p” letters; pupils jump to corresponding sounds on the floor.
4.       Show the four dice and elicit the words in the pictures from the pupils.
5.       Give instructions:

  •  Pupils work in four groups
  • Each group gets one dice
  • Each member of the group gets a worksheet (attachment C)
  • Pupils copy words from the dice onto their worksheets. Every member of the group must fill in their own worksheet.
  • When all groups are ready they rotate and copy words from another dice.
  • Repeat until all groups have copied the words from all dice.

6.       When finished, check with whole class. Ask volunteers to read out their words.
7.       Give instructions to the next activity (matching pictures with words – worksheet D). Pupils do the activity individually. Check with whole class.


Follow Up:


In each group, pupils take turns to roll the dice and say the words. Members of the groups decide if it is correct. If yes, the pupil gets a point.



For step number 3 the teacher can first ask the pupils questions like “What letter is this?”, “What is the sound?”, and “What is the action?” ,as in the phonics song already taught, before the pupils jump to the corresponding sounds.



In language arts lesson, you can ask the pupils to make their own dice by providing dice templates and pictures.