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Phonics

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

We use a systematic phonics programmes called Letters and Sounds. 

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.

What is synthetic phonics?

When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
– the sounds represented by written letters
– how to blend the sounds together to make words

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it.  Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word. 

The link below will take you to a website that we use for our training and planning. On it you will find a useful link to support you in articulating phonemes.

Articulation of phonemes - Lesley Clarke Synthetic Phonics

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

Handwriting

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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