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At Wescott 20 minute "Letters and Sounds" phonics sessions take place every day across Foundation Stage and KS1

We use two types of systematic phonics programmes called Letters and Sounds and Read, Write, Inc.   

Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell "tricky words" - words with spellings that are unusual or which children have not yet been taught.

Read, Write, Inc. integrates comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting as well as phonics. Children practise the letters and sounds using pictorial flash cards progressing to simple words punctuated with dots and dashes to demonstrate long and short sounds. 

m not muh!

You can help your child at home to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.).To watch a Youtube video showing how to pronounce the English Phonic Code click here


Right from the start of their school life children are taught how to form letters. Writing patterns play an important part in this early learning stage. Handwriting continues to be taught as part of the National Curriculum. At Wescott in we use a cursive script and pupils are encouraged to start all letters on the line. As soon a pupils form individual letters correctly, a joined script is introduced. The style of handwriting we use is as below.

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