Phonics at Hatton Park
Phonics is the name given to the process of learning the sounds, names and shapes of the letters that make up the English language. There are 44 different sounds, made up of singular or groups of letters. Some of these sounds then have a variety of ways of writing them down.
Hatton Park Primary School follows the Letters and Sounds progression, using a variety of ways of delivering it. Primarily, we use Jolly Phonics and Storytime Phonics as resources to help children learn. We use a variety of approaches to reach all children, with the most successful being a multi-sensory way of learning. Children learn by doing and manipulating so it is common to see them hunting for hidden words around the school or digging for hidden letters in the sandpit, making them into words. We use real books, as well as simple scheme books, to enthuse the children and show that there is a real point to learning phonics – to read amazing books!
Phoneme – the smallest unit of sound a letter, or group of letters makes.
Grapheme – the written shape of a phoneme
Digraphs and Trigraphs – two or three letters making one sound
Blend – two or more sounds said closely together e.g. spl, fl, xt, ump
We teach the cursive style of letter formation but it is important that children are exposed to all sorts of letter styles and fonts.