At Blossom, we use the Letterland programme to teach phonics and writing. In this programme, the Letterland characters transform plain black letter shapes into child-friendly pictograms. The stories on the Letterland characters explain the full range of phonics facts so that children are motivated to listen, to think and to learn. These stories explain letter sounds & shapes, allowing children to progress quickly to word building, reading and writing.
In addition to stories, children are introduced to role playing, art and craft, and writing activities that associate the Letterland characters with the letters. Their imagination is widened by these experiences. Recognising and identifying the characters in Letterland also help them link other pictures or words to the letters and their sounds. For example,’ o’ is for Oscar Orange and octopus, ostrich and olive.
The Letterland characters and songs capture the children’s attention even at a very young age. The stories help our children learn new concepts and also develop their creativity by venturing into an imaginary world. The Letterland characters aid children’s visual memory so that they are able to learn and retain the phoneme-grapheme correspondences.
In the Nursery 1 class multi-sensory activities are used to appeal to all learners and to activate all learning channels. Through Letterland characters, the associated stories and a variety of fun activities our Nursery 1 children learn the letter shapes and their corresponding sounds!