This resource will teach pupils how to read and say the different pronunciations of the letter string "ough". This letter string can be pronounced in a total of nine still fairly commonly used ways (though we only use seven of them normally: though, rough, cough, plough, through, thorough and thought (there is also hiccough or hiccup and lough or loch).

Most of the time we teach pupils to pronounce words using rules and then tell them about exceptions. In this case most of the pronunciations of "ough" are exceptions or isolates. There are five whole class activities for the whiteboard.

National curriculum links: 1.3, 2.3, 3.2

Teachers can assess pupils by listening to them read a section of the story in activity 1.

Interactive whiteboard activity

Main session


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