Twinkl is an app which can be used to help bring a phonics lesson to life for KS1 and EYFS children.
There are lots of different activities on Twinkl, but I’m going to focus on the free version as I feel you get a lot of activities without having to pay.
At the menu, selecting the “phonics” activity will allow the students to
practice their letter sounds, vowel digraphs and consonant digraphs. Children select a letter or digraph and the iPad will read the sound and a word beginning with that sound aloud to them. There is also an option for children to practice drawing the letters with their fingers. Whilst this is useful, I will note that there are more letters and digraphs available in the paid version.
Children can also play the matching game wherein they turn over cards and try to find matching pairs of letter sounds or digraphs. Whenever they turn a card over, the iPad will say the letter sound or digraph sound aloud, helping the children to learn the sound.
Children also can practice drawing letters and writing words using the letter formation activity. Within this activity, it is possible to turn a guide on (simply select “show” or “hide”) which will show children directional arrows when drawing the letters and words. You can also choose whether to have the word shown in a cursive format.
Finally, children can see words broken down by selecting the high-frequency words activity. In this activity, words such as “that” are broken down into “th” “a” “t” so children can learn to decode and blend the word back together. The iPad will read the word to the child before it’s broken up and children can the click an orange button (underneath the letter) to hear that letter or digraph read aloud.
Twinkl is a useful, engaging app which can offer a lot to children during their phonics lesson and adopts a multi-sensory approach to learning.