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.