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

This video gives tips on how to blend sounds to read words with your child.

Practice Blending Sounds for Reading- CVC Words

Put the video on mute to encourage your child to say the sounds and read the words.

Phonics Blending Song CVC Words and More

Can you say the sounds and read the words?

We are loving reading our new books all by ourselves. Each book focuses on initial sounds. We have to use the picture clues to help us.

Have a look on our gallery page to see children sharing big books. We have been focusing on storytelling and story language in class. We have also been reading and re reading favourite stories together. Little Rabbit Foo Foo and Pants are very popular at the moment.

Letter to parents regarding reading

How we teach reading - letter to parents

Suggested videos and sites to help your child`s reading skills

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes.

Phonics Song 2 (new ZED version)

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter.

CVC Words Phonics Blending Song

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song


Suggested books to share at home with your child

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 use a cursive script with a lead in and a lead out as this teaches children to join letters and words as a series of flowing movements and patterns. 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 fluent, comfortable, legible, joined handwriting style for a range of purposes. During daily sessions, teachers will model and children will practice joining the cursive font and children will 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?

We write in the cursive script with a lead in and a lead out

Cursive Handwriting: How to Write the Alphabet

This is how we form all the letters at school