Aims and Objectives
It is our aim to ensure that our children:
Leave nursery with the key skills needed to develop as fluent readers and writers.
- Develop speaking and listening skills as preparation for learning Phase 2 Phonics at school.
A broad and language rich curriculum is at the heart of learning at Caverstede Nursery School. Letters and Sounds Phase 1, Aspects 1-7 is used to support and teach children’s early phonic knowledge and learning.
Practices and Procedures
Phase One is taught within Nursery. The children are taught:
Aspect 1 – General sound discrimination – environmental
The aim of this aspect is to raise children’s awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills
Aspect 2 – General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children’s awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers
Aspect 3 – General sound discrimination – body percussion
The aim of this aspect is to develop children’s awareness of sounds and rhythms
Aspect 4 – Rhythm and rhyme
This aspect aims to develop children’s appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech
Aspect 5 – Alliteration
The focus is on listening to the initial sounds of words
Aspect 6 – Voice sounds
The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting
Aspect 7 – Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills
Phonic sessions are multi-sensory and are applied throughout the nursery curriculum
Caverstede and beyond
The activities introduced in Phase 1 are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.
If you would like to find out more about phonics at Caverstede please speak to a member of the classroom staff.