Is when a word sounds like the thing that it is describing eg, woof, meiow, cuckoo, buzz, sizzle, crackle. Notice that these words all describe sounds, so they appeal to the senses by helping the reader 'hear' the sound that is being described. For this reason onomatopoeia is effective with young children. Do you remember the song:

Ten fat sausages sizzling in a pan
Ten fat sausages sizzling in a pan
One went POP and another went BANG,
now there's
Nine fat sausages sizzling in a pan. etc

For some reason, this is the one technical term that I have always been able to remember (maybe because it has a childish sound to it!), but for anyone who needs help I have come up with the following image/ rhyme:

On a mat up 'ere
A word says what you hear
Sizzle, crackle, buzz and whizz
Are ONOMATOPOEIA

Here is a link to Worsley school's excellent examples...

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