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Basics on the topic The Letter Z

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

Transcript The Letter Z

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about /z/. This is the letter Z, it makes the sound /z/. This is a capital /Z/ and this is a lower case / /. They both make the /z/ sound like in zoo, zero and zest! Let's practise the /z/ sound with Kala! "/Z/, /z/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with /z/? "There's a zip, that begins with /z/!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with /z/? "There's a zebra, that also starts with /z/!" Uh-oh! /Z/ is hiding with the other letters! Can you help find /z/ 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 /z/, we listened to and made the /z/ sound! We found words that begin with /z/ and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the zigzag, zinnia and zeppelin hidden in the garden! Comment below when you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the next sound!

The Letter Z 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 a ___

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


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

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word zap starts with the sound.

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


    The correct sound is /z/.

  • Find the objects that begin with z.


    There are 5 items that start with z 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 begin with z are:

    • zebra
    • zookeeper
    • zombie
    • zero
    • zip
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. Does the word end in a z?

    What other sounds can you hear?

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


    The words are:

    1. fizzy
    2. buzz
    3. zip
    4. zap
  • Help Kala find the objects that contain z.


    Listen to the sound. Which words include this sound?

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

    There are two correct choices.


    Maze and lizard both include a /z/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear a z in the word?

    There are 3 words that contain z and 3 words that do not contain z.


    Dizzy, size and puzzle contain z.

    Strawberry, car and sheep do not contain z.