At Wildground Infants we teach phonics daily using Letters and Sounds. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
To support the effective teaching of reading we use an approach called cued articulation. Cued articulation is a set of hand cues for teaching the individual sounds in a word. The hand movements are logical – each hand movement represents one sound and the cue gives clues as to how and where the sound is produced. (It is not a sign language where the whole word is signed – but cued articulation can be used alongside sign language. Cued articulation should not be confused with ‘Cued Speech’.)