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Speech Identify the initial sounds in words  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To reinforce the learning recognition of initial sounds and matching them to letters.

Phonology/Articulation:Speech sounds
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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This page was originally created for/by the following organisation: Barts Health NHS Trust (Tower Hamlets) Speech and Language Therapy for Children.
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
The Chute
  • The chute (instructions for making a chute);
  • Individual cards: 4cm x 6cm, with target letter written on the front and depending on activity – picture on the back
  • (Ensure the word and picture have the correct orientation: when constructing, use a horizontal rotation rather than a vertical one to write/draw on the reverse.)

  1. Show the picture on one of the cards to the pupil;
  2. Ask the pupil to name the picture;
  3. Ask the pupil to say the initial sound. (If you are using letter names, ask the pupil to say the name.);
  4. The pupil posts the card through the upper hole in the chute (Take care that the card is the right way up) The card should flip inside the chute and emerge with the letter towards the pupil;
  5. The pupil checks to see if they are right.

A pre-requisite for this activity is for the pupil to know all the letters either by name or sound.

This is a self-teaching tool which a pupil may use independently to practise initial sounds.

The chute may be used for a range of activities:

* Learn sight-spelling of high frequency words that can be represented by pictures(Look say cover write check):
- read word
- memorize
- copy
- turn over so that word is hidden
- post through chute

*Learn the sound/spelling of particular phonemes e.g. long vowel digraphs.
The Chute could be prepared earlier by an adult, but there is tremendous value in the pupil being involved in following the instructions and taking ownership of it by decorating it themselves.


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