The Word Machine

This series to be used in class helps make the learning of phonics more memorable and fun. They can be used as lesson starters, or to reinforce what has already been learnt.

There are 25 videos in this series.

5 mins Look for the H!
This time The Word Machine looks at words beginning with "sh" and "ch", and how the letter 'h' can make a difference to both sound and meaning.
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5 mins The Big, Big Book
Use The Word Machine to explore initial single letter phonemes with your class by using sounds and words to help recognise individual letters.
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5 mins Finish it Off
In this programme, The Word Machine experiments with final single letter phonemes and the variations possible when the last letter of a word is changed.
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5 mins Rhyme Time
Watch as The Word Machine uses traditional nursery rhymes to explain how rhyming works.
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5 mins The Big Bog Bug
Aidan and the Word Machine explore the five vowels, and find examples of words that use vowels in the middle.
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5 mins Get a Pet!
In this episode of The Word Machine, words with a short vowel "e" sound are played with to find a catchy sounding name for a pet shop.
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5 mins The Fix-It Kid
There is trouble when all the letter i's go missing, but help is at hand when the Fix-It-Kid comes to the rescue.
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5 mins The Mop Top Lot
The vowel "o" is the focus of this episode of The Word Machine.
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5 mins Mum's The Word
Aidan and the Word Machine have fun generating words that use the vowel "u" in the middle.
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5 mins The Friendly Enders
The endings of words are explored in this programme, with commonly found letter pairs including "ck", "ng", "ff" and "ll".
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5 mins The Swan Twin
The Word Machine tests out different word combinations, seeing what happens when the letter "w" is used with "s", "t" and "d".
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5 mins Snap and Spell
This time on The Word Machine, the "Conson-ants" and the "Vowel Owls" are used to play word games and a spelling competition takes place.
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5 mins Join the Q
Words that include the letters "qu" are explored in this episode of The Word Machine.
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5 mins The Giant Vest
Aidan and the Word Machine come up with lots of possibilities for consonant blends at the end of words.
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5 mins The Blend Camp
Consonant blends are further explored in this episode of The Word Machine.
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5 mins Good as Gold
In this episode of The Word Machine, the letter "l" is explored as we learn how to spot words which use it.
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5 mins My Messy Loft
The time, The Word Machine is looking at words that have a consonant end blend, finishing with the letter "t".
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5 mins The Tale of a Tail
Presenter Aidan Cook and the Word Machine are in the jungle, trying to make words using the Vowel Owls "a" and "i" together.
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5 mins Five Wide Mice
Presenter, Aidan Cook, and the Word Machine talk about the silent "e" at the end of a word.
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5 mins The Joke Zone
It's time for some fun and games with Presenter Aidan Cook and the Word Machine, where they create words using the silent "e" and "oa".
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5 mins Choose That Tune
Presenter Aidan Cook and the Word Machine review what has been learnt since the beginning of the series, as well as a looking at words that use "oo".
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5 mins The Crab and Frog
An imaginary hotel called "The Crab and Frog" is at the centre of this programme, which looks at more consonant letter pairs and the many words they can form.
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5 mins The Consonants
Presenter Aidan Cook and his companion the Word Machine, look at the difference between consonants and vowels.
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5 mins The Green Queens and The Dream Team
With the help of his binoculars, Aidan and the Word Machine are looking for words that use "ee" and "ea".
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5 mins The Triple Blenders
The Word Machine and Presenter Aidan Cook continue to examine consonants and the different words they can make from them.
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