Before children in Early Years start the Read Write Inc. phonics programme (RWI) it is important for them to be able to listen carefully to sounds and be able to distinguish between them. We begin in Nursery, and the early part of reception, by exploring Phase 1 Phonics.
Phase 1 Phonics is the first phase of the Department of Education’s ‘Letter and Sounds’ program. This is designed
to concentrate on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in RWI. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.
Children need to have a solid understanding about recognising and making sounds, keeping a beat, understanding speech sounds as well as learning how to talk about the sounds they hear.
Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects. Each aspect contains three strands: Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).
Each of these aspects are covered in the Early Years in a fun and interactive way, such as going on Listening Walks and using the instruments to learn sounds and rhythm.
Watch example lessons here with Maddison...