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Basics on the topic The Letter U

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

Transcript The Letter U

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about /u/. This is the letter U, it makes the sound /u/. This is a capital /U/ and this is a lower case /u/. They both make the /u/ sound like in up, unlock and under! Let's practise the /u/ sound with Kala! "/U/, /u/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with /u/? "There are some underpants, that starts with /u/!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with /u/? "There's an umbrella, that also begins with /u/!" Uh-oh! /U/ is hiding with the other letters! Can you help find /u/ 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 /u/, we listened to and made the /u/ sound! We found words that begin with /u/ and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and try to find the person looking unhappy! Comment below when and where you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the next sound!

The Letter 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.

    This is an __.

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


    The correct letter is u. This makes the /u/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word up starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /u/.

  • Find the objects that have "u" in their names.


    There are 5 items that have u in them to highlight.

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

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The five items that have u in them are:

    • sun
    • mug
    • rug
    • bus
    • nut
  • What is the word?


    Which sound can you hear at the beginning of each word?

    Which sound can you hear 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. run
    2. cup
    3. tub
    4. hut
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "u".


    Listen to the sound. Which words begin with this sound?

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Umbrella and udders start with /u/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear u at the beginning or in the middle?

    Think carefully about the first sound that you hear, is it u or a different sound?

    There are 2 words that begin with u and 4 words that have u in the middle.


    Under and unpack have u at the beginning.

    Jug, hug, bug and drum have u in the middle.