Phonics & Reading in Nursery
EYFS Parents & Children Reading Together Sessions 2022-2023
These take place at 2.30pm in school
Friday 18th November 2022
Friday 27th January 2023
Friday 24th March 2023
Friday 28th April 2023
Friday 23rd June 2023
Phonics in Nursery
At St Anne's we follow the DfE approved scheme for the teaching of Phonics. This scheme suggests 6 clear levels for the teaching of Phonics from Nursery up to Year 2 and beyond.
In Nursery, the children will take part in daily Phonics sessions once settled into Nursery. The will work through Level 1 of the Twinkl Scheme. During the early phase of phonics in Level 1, children will begin to explore sounds around them and learn to listen to and distinguish different environmental sounds and sounds in words. There are 7 key phases and children will learn about:
- Environmental sounds
- Instrumental sounds
- Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
- Rhythm and rhyme
- Voice sounds
- Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes 'dog')
Children are taught key listening skills throughout Nursery. Playing around with and making a variety of sounds for themselves is a key part of the Twinkl Phonics Programme. Only when children have developed these basic skills, will they be able to access Level 2 and beyond. Gaps in Level 1 skills will cause gaps to form further on in their learning development.
Traditional Nursery Rhymes are very important at this phase of development. By the end of Nursery, children should be able to say some Nursery Rhymes by heart.
Books, Books Books!
Books are also very important at this stage. Listening to and talking about stories should form a part of your daily routine with your child. The more books that your child is exposed to, the more words and language they hear and this will help them foster a love of reading. Children at this stage of development will probably not yet be able to read. However, they may start to identify key words or logos such as their own name mummy, daddy or shop logos. At St Anne's, we offer the children to take a book home everyday with the 1000 Stories Initiative. Please make every effort to share this with your child at a quiet and comfortable time - bedtime is often the best.