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Letters and Sounds (Preschool and nursery)

Aims of the letters and sounds

  • To explore and play with sounds from a variety of sources, including the environment, instruments and our bodies and voices. 
  • To develop an awareness of patterns within sounds and words. 
  • To learn a range of rhymes and stories, being able recite some favourites and join in. 
  • To develop an awareness of when two words rhyme.  
  • To hear initial sounds within words, picking up on alliterative patterns.
  • To discriminate between sounds within words, blending sounds together to hear a word and segmenting. 

Implementation of letters and sounds

  • Teachers strong knowledge of the letters and sounds curriculum, knowing how to plan for their children in order to provide a range of opportunities for sound play. Teachers plan opportunities for learning through whole and small groups as well as within indoor and outdoor provision. 
  • The teaching team are experienced in seeing listening and phonic opportunities as they naturally occur, questioning and providing valuable discussions with children to explore their own knowledge. 
  • Motivating resources and activities are set up to excite learning and make phonics a very natural and enjoyable process.
  • Classrooms include communication friendly spaces as part of continuous provision, a book area, story shelves and musical instruments.
  • Teachers use physical literacy to tell stories and rhymes through actions.
  • Rhyme challenge takes place annually across the EYFS, parents are invited to celebrate children's learning. 
  • Parent workshops are provided across the year to share learning in phonics, including stories. Some workshops are targeted specifically to provide information about how to support your child at home.
  • Teachers send challenges home, which link to phonic objectives, when they return each child has the opportunity to discuss what they have brought in, and work is celebrated.

Early Years Foundation Stage 2019

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