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Phonics - Tri Digraphs
The word night is sounded out like this: n + igh + t.

Phonics - Tri Digraphs

Tri Digraphs reminds KS1 children of the phonic sounds that are made up of three letters. Learning these phonic sounds will aid the way the child is taught to read at school. It will also improve their English language and literacy skills no end.

Most phonic sounds are made up of two letters, however, there are a few sounds that are three letters long. These are called tri digraphs. The word night is sounded out like this: n + igh + t. The middle sound is the same as ‘ie’ and ‘i_e’.

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1.
Which of these is a tri digraph?
oa
ee
igh
ai
The word 'tri' means three, that's why a triangle has three sides and three corners.
2.
In the word 'picture', which three letters make one sound?
pic
ict
tur
ure
Professional photographers use larger lenses on their cameras to get better quality pictures and are able to zoom in from a really far distance.
3.
In the word 'explore', which three letters make one sound?
ex
exp
lor
ore
These three letters make the 'or' sound - you don't pronounce the 'e' at the end of the word.
4.
Which of these sounds is not a tri digraph?
ear
air
igh
aie
The first three are all sounds that exist and will be found in words. The last answer is made up!
5.
In the word 'square', which three letters make one sound?
squ
qua
are
uar
The way you say this sound is like 'air'.
6.
The sound 'igh' belongs between two of these letters, but which two?
b and t
c and t
f and t
p and t
If you add 'igh' between those two letters, you make the word 'fight'.
7.
The sound 'ear' belongs between two of these letters, but which two?
b and d
s and d
t and d
q and d
'Ear' is a sound and a word. If you put that sound between 'b' and 'd', you make the word 'beard'.
8.
Which of these words has a tri digraph in them?
snail
tear
torn
paper
The sound 'ear' is a three letter sound. This means there are three letters but together they make one sound.
9.
In the word 'hearing', which three letters make one sound?
hea
ear
rin
ing
Although 'ing' is always together, it still makes two sounds. You have the 'i' sound then the 'ng' sound.
10.
In the word 'patchwork', which three letters make one sound?
atch
tch
ork
pat
The sound 'tch' is often at the end of a word, like catch, snatch, patch and hatch.
Author:  Finola Waller

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