Stretchy sounds (long sounds)
As part of the 'Read, Write, Inc' phonics programme each sound has a saying to help us remember the correct sound i.e. mmmmmountain; sssssssssnake (indicated in blue below) and a saying to help us remember how to form the letters correctly i.e. Maisie, mountain, mountain; slither down the snake (indicated in italics below).
Try to avoid saying uh after each one:
m - mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard) - Maisie, mountain, mountain
s - sssssnake (keep teeth together and hiss - unvoiced) - Slither down the snake
n - nnnnnnet (keep tongue behind teeth) - Down Nobby, up, over his net
f - ffffflower (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out sharply - unvoiced) - Down the stem and draw the leaves
l - llllleg (keep pointed curled tongue behind teeth) - Down the long leg
r - rrrrrrobot (say rrr as if you are growling) - Down the robot, up and over his arm
v - vvvvvvulture (keep teeth on bottom lip and force air out gently) - Down a wing, up a wing
z - zzzzzzip (keep teeth together and make a buzzing sound) - Zig-zag-zig
th - thhhhank you ( stick out tongue and breathe out sharply) - Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse's head to the hooves and up over his back
sh - shhhh said the horse to the hissing snake (shhh noise as in 'be quiet!') - Slide down the snake, then down the horse's head to the hooves and over his back
ng - thinnnnngg on a strinnnngg (curl your tongue at the back of your throat) - Down nobby, up, over his net then round the girl’s face, down her hair and give her a curl
nk - I think I stink (i.e 'nk' in oink) - Down nobby, up, over his net then down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg
Please do not hesitate to ask any of our friendly team if you have any questions or would like some help!