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Term2 Week 3 – New Letter v

One of the letters for week 3 was letter v – violin.

We got to know that this classical instrument is made from wood and that it has four strings which make the sound by vibrating after they are touched by a bow consisting of a stick with a ribbon of horsehair strung between the tip and frog at opposite ends.

We all appreciated the wonderful talents of an amazing boy playing the violin.  At the moment of the clip the boy called Akim Kamara was five years old.  (We only watched two min starting at the fifth minute).

As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the v sound.  Words which featured were violin, van, voice, violet, vase, and vegetables.

They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter v sound:

Uncle Vic is a delivery man.  He is on his way to visit his niece and nephew.  When he arrives they set off in his van vroom!  They drive through the village to deliver some vegetables.  The children pretend to drive and go /v,v,v,v,v,v/.


Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter v sound

The children pretend to be driving a van, turning the steering wheel, and making a continuous / v,v,v,v/.

Letter v formation


  • Step 1 – Start at the top, slide down
  • Step 2 – and up the hill

As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter v formation in the scrapbook and then circled letter v from other letters on the workbook.  Last but not least they circled the words which start with letter v amongst other.

Important note – I told the children that letter v has 1 point at the bottom.  This bottom part is not round.

Craft associated with this letter – The children had a violin cutout which they painted reddish brown.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter v.
  • You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
  • You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter v
  • Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound v. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

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