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Basics on the topic The Letter Q(u)

Join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about q!

Transcript The Letter Q(u)

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about /qu/. This is the letter Q, it makes the sound /qu/. This is a capital /qu/ and this is a lowercase /qu/. They both make the /qu/ sound like in quack, quarter and quiet ! Let's practise the /qu/ sound with Kala! "/qu/, /qu/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with /qu/? "There's a queen, that starts with /qu/!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with /qu/? "There's a quilt, that also begins with the /qu/ sound!" Uh-oh! /q/ is hiding with the other letters! Can you help find the /q/ in the alphabet? Point to the letter when you find it! Did you also point here? You did some great work in the phonics garden! Today we learnt all about /qu/, we listened to and made the /qu/ sound! We found words that began with /qu/ and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the quail, the question mark and the quill in the garden! Comment below when you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the next sound!

The Letter Q(u) exercise

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  • Which one is the correct letter?


    Listen carefully to the sound, play it again and think about what you can hear.

    On Koko's card, there is a ____.

    Look again at the picture above. What sound does this word start with?


    The correct letter is q. This makes the /qu/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    Listen to all four sounds again. Which one is the same as the beginning of the word queen?

    The word quill starts with the sound.


    The correct sound is /qu/.

  • Find the objects that have qu in them.


    There are 4 items that have qu in them to highlight.

    Listen to this word. Can you find it in the picture?

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The four items that have the qu sound in are:

    • quarter (of a cake)
    • question
    • square
    • equals sign
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully to the sounds at the end of each word.

    Here we can see the words with pictures. Use this to help you find the matching pairs above.


    The words are:

    1. quiz
    2. quit
    3. quick
    4. quack
  • Help Kala find the word that begins with qu.


    Listen to the sound. Which word begins with this sound?

    Say all of the items out loud. In which one do you hear the /qu/ sound at the beginning?

    There is one correct choice.


    Quiet starts with /qu/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear the qu sound?

    Say the word out loud. If you can't hear the qu sound, assign it to the correct group.

    There are 2 words that have the qu sound in and 4 words that do not.


    Squid and squeak have the qu sound in them.

    Fish, pen, kitten and clock do not have the qu sound in them.