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3. Learning the Letters

The main aim of this thread is to "teach children to write letters with automaticity and combine letters into words for writing, using developmentally appropriate strategies and resources" (Margaret Williamson)

 

The Six Letter Parts

The Six Letter Parts are the six basic components of letters when they are deconstructed. All 26 letters (upper and lower case) and the numerals 0-9 can be formed using a combination of 1 or more of the 6 letter parts! The six letter parts are initially learnt as physical movements that are linked to the words that describe these movements.

The Six Letter Parts can be seen in the videos below;

Video of the ‘down-bump’ move

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Video of the ‘up’ move

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Video of the ‘push’ move

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Video of the ‘pull’ move

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Video of the ‘slide’ move

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Video of the ‘flick’ move

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The Letter Families

The letters are grouped into six Letter Families. This is according to their common starting move (except for the Fisher Family whose common feature is their distinctive tail ending). 
The children share a story about Bounce and Skip the Monkeys for each Letter Family that provides a fictional explanation for why and how the letters' movements came about.

 

Number Formation using Kinetic Letters

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A simple video showing how children at Raunds Park are taught to form their numbers using the Kinetic Letters programme.
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