Autumn 2019 | Oakwood Forest School

Forest Phonics Sessions

Fridays 9.45-10.25

Time & Location

Autumn 2019
Oakwood Forest School, Birtsmorton, Malvern WR13 6JT, UK

About The Event

Forest Phonics Sessions

These sessions are aimed at pre-school aged children aged 4 (or rising 4yr olds)

Letter sounds introduced in a systematic way (using the Letter and Sounds synthetic phonics approach)

Opportunities to practise forming letters the Forest Phonics way e.g. mud writing, stick writing and chalking

Sessions may include rhyme, alliteration, tricky words, blending and segmenting skills too

The session will be initially be adult led (e.g. introducing new sounds and re-capping) and the latter part of the session child led

These will be fun sessions and all learning will take place through play and will be outdoors

Parents must remain on site during the sessions (younger siblings welcome to attend with their sibling)

Sessions will be booked in blocks

The group size will be limited

There will be a specific area in the woodland for Forest Phonics sessions

What happens during a typical session?

New letter sound introduction and games/activity to reinforce (adult led) followed by

25 mins child led activities based on letter sounds introduced outdoors in the woodland

Example session for the introduction of ‘s’

Teacher led - All children feel the wooden letter ‘s’ and practise saying sssssssss , then have a go at forming s in the air, with a stick in the mud, in a chalk board etc

Play sorting game with real objects some beginning with the s sound eg snake, sausage and some not

Child led - example activities could be; I spy around the woods, find all the s letters amongst the leaves in the tuff tray, play dough - letter formation, a variety of sound sorting/matching games

Letter progression

s a t p

l n m d

g o c k

Ck e u r

h b f,ff l,ll ss

j v w x

Y z,zz qu

Sessions will be taught by Amy Leeke a qualified teacher with over 20 years teaching experience.


Long trousers

Long sleeved t-shirts/jumpers

Sun hat/cream or warm hats/gloves/scarves (depending on weather)

Stout shoes/trainers/wellies

Waterproofs (top and bottoms)

A pair of gardening/work gloves are recommended ·  

Insect repellent – if desired


Spare clothes

Water bottle/s (full) enough water for the whole session



The postcode WR13 6JT will bring you within 500 yards, stay on the Marsh Road and look out for the Oakwood Forest School banner on a metal gate, which is opposite a wooden public footpath post.

  • Forest Phonics
  • Forest Phonics and Under 5s
  • Forest Phonics & U5s & sibling

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