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What would you put in your magic box?

Watch the videos below to learn how to create a verse for your own poem.



We can write the first line of the poem together. You will need a pencil and paper, Phase 2 and 3 sound mats and Phase 2 and 3 tricky word mats (links at the bottom of the page). Watch the video and write along with me.

You will now need to think of 3 things to put into your box. I have chosen 3 things increasing in difficulty of writing, to model how to support your child to use their phonics skills to write. You can choose a simple model of creating a list of 3 objects-for example

a dog

a cat

the sun

or you can create more complex lines, depending on your child. Encourage your child to say words slowly to hear the sounds and then write letters to represent those sounds. Don't worry if spelling is not always accurate, as long as your child is using the phonics they know, it is fine. 'The smel ov a roaz' is a perfectly acceptable way to write 'the smell of a rose' at this stage!

My next line is

my dog a tricky word which can be found on the Phase 3 tricky word mat and a simple cvc word to spell.

Watch the video below.

The second thing I will put in my box is

the hot sun a tricky word on the Phase 2 tricky word mat and 2 simple cvc words.

Watch the video below.

The last thing I will put in my box is 

the smell of a flower more complex spelling using consonamt clusters (sm and fl) and digraphs from the Phase 3 sound mat.

Watch the video below.

Tips for Parents

Encourage your child to be as independent as possible in their writing.

Ask them to say the word they want to write slowly so that they can hear the sounds.

Ask them to write the letters that represent the sounds they have heard.

Don't worry about correct spellings for words they are spelling phonetically.

If a word is on the tricky word mat, encourage your child to find and copy the word.

If your child is struggling, it is ok to write the bits they are finding tricky for them.


Write the first verse for your poem, using ideas from the videos above.



Think of 3 more things to put into your box and write a new verse for your poem.



Think of 3 more things to put into your box and write a new verse for your poem.



Perform your poem and record it (video or sound recording) and email it to me!



Find a way to present your poem-you could ask a grown up to type it up for you, or you could create some illustrations.