SSB Phonics

Quick Phonics Interactive Rush

I was teaching a SSB (5 year olds) and they can be some of the most challenging students to teach – they know how to push their boundaries. So I decided to design an activity that was complex enough, but with a simple output that the students would be engaged, not over-worked, and be able to use their limitless supply of energy.


Students are able to practice decoding S blends interactively with students and teacher.

Materials needed:

Some Students
Phonics Flashcards (S Blends Phonics FC)


  1. Have every second learner stand up and move their chair facing the student on their right (back to the teacher)
  2. Demonstrate the activity – Student A with their back to the teacher has to run and grab a Phonics card, run to their partner (Student B) say the word and hand over the card. Then Student B runs to the teacher hands over the card and says the word.
  3. Play.




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