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Letters and Sounds 

We use Letters and Sounds as a structural basis of our phonics programme, which provides the sequence of learning and the structure for our assessments, but we enrich the programme with carefully chosen resources and activities in order to meet the criteria set down by the DfE for good phonics teaching.


Our Literacy/Early Years Leader regularly monitors provision of our phonics programme, to ensure that learning meets our high standards, that lessons are muli-sensory and that children’s progress is carefully tracked.


We make sure all new staff are given high quality phonics CPD, and we provide regular ‘refreshers’ in terms of monitoring and feedback, staff twilights, and peer coaching, using our own experts to demonstrate lessons and share experiences. We all teach to the same programme.

How to support your child at home with their phonics December 2021

How to support your child`s phonics at home October 2021

How to support your child at home with phonics following their first term in school.

Click on the link below to see some ideas to do at home.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.Find...

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.Find more phonics help on O...

.How to segment and blend letter sounds to read three letter words.

Phonics Song 2 (new ZED version)

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This version uses the name ZED for the letter Z. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of th...

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

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CVC Words Phonics Blending Song

This video helps your child learn how to blend sounds to read words.

Phonics Blending Song CVC Words and More



Handwriting is a skill which affects written communication across the curriculum and therefore should be taught regularly and systematically. We begin with write dance patterns and as the year progresses we move onto letters. We teach the children the correct posture for handwriting and how to hold a pencil correctly.


Children should understand the importance of clear, neat presentation in order to communicate meaning effectively and develop a  handwriting style for a range of purposes. During daily sessions, teachers will model and children will practice handwriting and learn to have the correct posture and to be consistent with the size and positioning of letters and the spacing of words.


Left handed children

Left handed children will be positioned appropriately and their paper may be slanted slightly. Their pencil can be held further from the point so that their vision of the letters is not blocked as they are writing.

Can you hold a pencil correctly and do these patterns at home?

How to HOLD A PENCIL!! - (Easy for Kids!) - with Ally the Alligator

How to Hold a Pencil is a big step for little kids! This video features Ally the Alligator to make it fun and easy!This is a step-by-step lesson showing how ...