We currently follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonic programme. The year starts with phase 1, general listening activities which you can also try at home. These activities help the children develop their listening skills and the sound discrimination they will need for accurate sound production and the next stage of phonics learning.
In nursery, we follow ‘Letters and Sounds’, which is split inot 6 phases – we focus mainly on phase 1, with a few children starting phase 2 at the end of their time with us.
Here you will find a guide to some of the games and terms your child will encounter as they move through the school and develop their phonic skills. This is for you to familiarise yourselves with what to expect when your child moves to reception – please do contact me if there is anything you want clarifying. There is also a couple of sound mats, that we will use from time to time in our activities.
Don’t forget, a wonderful way of practising rhyming words, an aspect of phonics we focus on in nursery, can be practised by listening to stories with rhyming words in them. Some of our ‘book at bedtime’ stories are in this category – Balloon.
Also, stories such as 'Hello, goodbye' which is also a 'book at bedtime' help to develop phonic skills - in this case by practising different voices and volumes.