Early Reading and Phonics

I will learn to read but first I need to ... - Having Fun in Grade One

In Nursery, children participate in a variety of child-initiated and adult-led learning experiences to support the development of early reading and phonics skills. Seven aspects of Phase 1 are built into a wide range of practical, play based and fun learning contexts. Developing children’s listening and attention skills and phonological awareness is the key foundation for further development in this area. Creative use of songs, rhymes and stories enables children to develop interest in books and reading, become immersed in key texts and acquire and apply new skills in different contexts alongside stimulating, imaginative play both indoors and outdoors.

In Nursery (Summer term onwards) and Reception, we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. Here, children are involved in daily sessions to learn letter sounds, take part in blending activities and learn to read sentences and practice their letter formation to improve handwriting skills. Please see links below for further information:

RWI – How to pronounce your letter sounds








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