Phonics and Handwriting

As part of learning to read and spell, it is important learn our sounds. They give us the necessary building blocks for everything else. It can be a bit daunting at first, so P1 have put together a handy guide to the first 26 initial sounds.

Some sounds are stretchy. This means you can keep making the sound for a long time – like ‘s’.

Some sounds are bouncy. We say them quickly, over and over, so we can hear the pure sound they make – like ‘b’.

The book also gives you some guidance on how we form our cursive letters.

P1 Sounds: Click to read this book

In Edinburgh, we follow a phonics scheme called Literacy Rich. We supplement this learning with lots of other resources to try to make learning sounds as fun, engaging and memorable as possible! One of our favourites is to watch Geraldine the Giraffe on Youtube (search for Mr Thorne does Phonics).

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