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Phonics and Letter Formation

Children attending Nursery at Homefields begin learning Phase 1 phonics. They are taught 7 aspects including:

  • Environmental Sounds
  • Instrumental Sounds
  • Body Percussion
  • Rhythm and Rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice Sounds
  • Oral Blending and Segmenting

These are taught explicitly through planned phonics activities and through the environment within the Nursery setting. The children will also learn some of the phonemes from Phase 2 phonemes.


 You can support your child at home by:- 

  • Listening to and discussing the different sounds that they can hear. 
  • Singing songs and rhymes together
  • Clapping tunes and making up sounds. 
  • Making voice sounds 
  • Practise oral blending in and around the home. You can do this by talking in the following way
  • c-a-t, cat Can you put on your s-o-ck?

Essential Letters and Sounds is the phonics scheme for FS1 - Year 2 children. When teaching handwriting, the mnemonics are used when linked with patterns.

Here is our Nursery handwriting freize. We look at shapes and patterns as we talk about handwriting e.g. straight lines, diagonal lines and circles. 

If you would like to hear the correct pronunciation of the phase 2 sounds to support your child segmenting and blending, please listen below.  

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