Part 2: Learning letter formation

Introducing letter formation

The children are introduced to the formation of each letter in the following ways:

  1. The teacher shows the formation on the board.
  2. The teacher shows the formation in the air, taking care when facing the children that the letter is formed the correct way round for the children. The children watch and then imitate, saying the sound. They do this several times.
  3. The children are each given a Sound Sheet which includes an example of the letter(s), with the formation indicated by arrows and numbers. A line is provided for the children to practice on.
  4. While the children are colouring and writing on the Sound Sheets, they can take turns to feel the formation in the Finger Phonics books.

This multi-sensory approach makes it easier for the children to learn.