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Monster Phonics Groups


This week teaches the oa grapheme, the oo grapheme that makes the long oo sound (Cool Blue) and the oo grapheme that makes the short u sound (Tricky Witch).

oo Grapheme (Cool Blue)

Very few words end with the letters oo, although the few that do are often words that primary children will encounter,

Example words: zoo food, pool, moon, zoo, soon

oo Grapheme (Tricky Witch)

Example words: book, took, foot, wood, good

oa Grapheme

The digraph oa is very rare at the end of an English word.

Example words: boat, coat, road, coach, goal


oo grapheme (Cool Blue)


1. Download the PowerPoint. Use this to introduce the oo grapheme. Read the oo words and play Guess the Window.

2. Watch the video ‘At the Zoo’. Ask the children to make the oo action every time they hear an oo word in the song. How many words can they remember?

Down at the Zoo.mp4

3. Download the activity and fill in the missing oo words.