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The Letter P


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The Letter P

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Introduction to the Letter P

Today's journey is all about a particular letter that pops up frequently in our language—the letter P. It's a unique and playful letter that we use to spell many of our favorite words. Whether you're crafting a note or naming a pet, understanding the letter P is key to becoming a great reader and writer.

Understanding the Letter P – Definition and Sounds

The letter P is the 16th letter in the English alphabet and is known for its popping sound, which phonetically sounds like /p/ .

It's a consonant, and when we say it, we press our lips together and release a burst of air. Remember, the sound of the letter P is the same in words like pop, puppy, and pencil.

What sound does the letter P make?
Can you name a word that begins with the letter P?
How do you use your mouth to make the letter P sound?

Writing the Letter P – How to?

Writing the letter P is quite straightforward and can be lots of fun. To write the uppercase P, start at the top, draw a straight line down, then go back to the top and make a big half circle that touches the middle of the line. For the lowercase p, start below the middle line, draw a straight line-up and then down past the bottom line, and loop it with a half circle that meets the middle line.

The Letter P – Example Words and Sentences

The letter P isn't shy; it pops up at the beginning, middle, and end of words. For instance, Pete the parrot picked a pack of pickled peppers. Here, the letter P is used at the start of both words and names, showing its versatility.

Words with the Letter P

The letter P is quite popular, so let's look at a list of words that feature this letter prominently:

Begin With Contain End With
panda happy cup
play apple lap
pencil spoon map
parrot slippery tap

The Letter P – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter P is known for its distinctive popping sound, represented phonetically as /p/ .
  • It is the 16th letter in the English alphabet.
  • Writing the letter P involves straight lines and a half circle.
  • The letter P can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words.

Keep exploring the world of letters with our interactive lessons and printable activities. The letter P is just the start of your alphabetic adventure!

The Letter P – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter P

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter P". This is the letter P, it makes the sound /p/. This is an uppercase P and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /p/ sound like in pan, pepper, and planet! Let's practice the /p/ sound with Kala! "/p/, P, /p/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter P? " There's a pond; that starts with the letter P!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with /p/? "There's a pretzel; that also begins with the letter P!" Uh-oh! P is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter P in the alphabet? Point to the letter when you find it! Did you also point here? You did some great work in the phonics garden! Today we learned all about the letter P. We listened to and made the /p/ sound! We found words that began with the letter P and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the pinecone, pancakes, and poster hidden in the garden! Comment below when you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the next letter in the alphabet, the letter Q!

The Letter P exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video The Letter P.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


    Listen carefully to the sound, play it again and think about what you can hear.

    This bird is called a ____.

    Look again at the picture above. What sound does this word start with?


    The correct letter is p. This makes the /p/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word peg starts with the sound.

    Listen to all four sounds again. Which one is the same as the beginning of the word pond?


    The correct sound is /p/.

  • Find the objects that begin with "p".


    There are 5 items that start with /p/ to highlight.

    Listen to this word. Can you find it in the picture?

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The five items that begin with /p/ are:

    • pizza
    • pencil
    • pumpkin
    • plum
    • pyjamas
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. Does the word start or end with p?

    What other sounds can you hear in each word?

    Here we can see the words with pictures. Use this to help you find the matching pairs above.


    The words are:

    1. pop
    2. pip
    3. pack
    4. top
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with "p".


    Listen to the sound. Which words begin with this sound?

    Say all of the items out loud. In which ones do you hear the /p/ sound at the beginning?

    There are two correct choices.


    Pen and pig start with /p/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear p at the beginning or at the end?

    Think carefully about the first sound that you hear, is it p or a different sound?

    There are 3 words that begin with p and 3 words that end with p.


    Puffin, play and pan have p at the beginning.

    Map, hoop and jump have p at the end.