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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Miss Machin's Phonics Challenge

Each week we are going to set a Phonics challenge. Once you have completed the challenge it would be great for you to email Miss Machin a picture or video. 

Miss Machin's email address is

See the completed challenges below!

WC 11.01.2021 

Read and Seek

This weeks challenge consists of reading a word and seeking an object. The words you will be reading are describing words (adjectives).

For this activity you will need to write the words below on a piece of paper with the sound buttons or you could print out the document. Your child will need to read the words and go and find an object with properties that match that description. Below is an example of the challenge.

Extra Challenge:   Can you write a sentence for each of the words describing the object you have found. E.g The stone is grey and hard. I found a leaf on the floor and it was green. 

WC 11.01.21 

Read and seek completed challenges!

Have a look at the pictures of the fantastic completed read and seek challenges we've received so far. I love how creative you are being, well done phonics superstars!

WC 18.01.21

Royal phonics crown!

For this weeks challenge Year 1 are going royally posh! You are going to create a phonics crown fit for a prince or princess by sorting out the real jewels from the fake ones. First you will need to make a paper crown, this can be any colour. Then you will need words written onto small pieces of diamond shaped paper to sort out. I have made some word lists from past phonics screening checks for you to use. Put all of the words into a special box to keep the 'jewels' safe. The challenge is to sort out the real jewels (real words) from the fake jewels (alien words). You can even use tweezers to select your jewels like a real jeweller does. Once you have sorted the real ones, colour in the paper jewels and stick them onto the crown to make it fancy! After you have finished sorting all the jewels you can continue to decorate your crown however you like, go mad with the sparkles, I cannot wait to see your creations!

Extra challenge: Can you create another different crown, this time sorting our sounds? You can colour and stick on the sounds you already know, then practice learning the ones you have left. Soon you will have a crown filled with sound jewels!

 Phonics word list 1.pagesDownload
 Phonics word list 2.pagesDownload
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WC 25.01.21

Woodland phonics potion

For this weeks challenge Year One, can you create a woodland phonics potion? I have created a list of ingredients that are decodable for you to read, most of these can be found in the woods but I also added some that will help make your potions smell nice too. I would like you to choose some items from the list to make your own special mixture. ( You can also add some of your own ideas too!) Can you think of a name/label for your potion mixture? Add a dash of glitter for that touch of fairy sparkle to your potion! I can't wait to see your creations so don't forget to send me a photo or video of your work.

Extra challenge: Can you use the instruction words on the list to write your own potion recipe for your friends to make? For example- Sprinkle five rose petals into the water and stir slowly.

 Woodland phonics potion list.docxDownload
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