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Phonics & Reading

Letters and Sounds in Nursery (Phase 1)

Practitioners will explore early communication and discover ways to promote speaking and listening. Through a rich and varied language learning environment indoors and out your child will access phonics via learning through play.


Children will explore different sounds and text learning to repeat sounds in their environment.They will use auditory discrimination,memory and sequencing,vocabulary and language comprehension.  Nursery children will explore instrumental sounds using home made shakers. They will listen to each other as they play in a band!


Nursery children will go on outdoor walks into our outdoor areas and visit our forest school listening for sounds in nature. The children will use their bodies to explore different ways of making sounds . They will march, stamp and splash to a beat.        Story telling sessions play a huge part in early phonics .Teachers modelling language skills and children repeating vocabulary from books such as The Gruffalo, Owl Babies, The Snowman and of course Five Minutes Peace! The children will be encourages to re-enact familiar stories. Talk plays an important part in phase one phonics. Practitioners will encourage a model talk whilst the children are mark making commenting on movements and shapes, patterns and sounds.

Reception Phonics

At the end of Reception stage your child will have reached the Early Learning Goal -reading.


ELG: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children in Reception have daily phonic sessions. These are great fun ! We play games and do paired activities to help us to learn to read and write. Your family can come along to learn how phonics is taught in Reception. EFPS follow a systematic phonics approach called 'Letters and Sounds' - click onto their website to play games and have fun at home. Remember to ask your child about robot talk and blending hands to practise reading the words. It's great fun!


The children in reception have three guided reading session per week which enables them to have a deeper knowledge of their reading book. It's so exciting when your child comes home with their first school reading book transferring phonics into reading. Your child's books will be pitched appropriately so that they will be 90% fluent . Our new reading scheme aims to promote a love of books and foster independence skills and confidence at home. We encourage parents to share their children's books daily and praise can be shared in their reading journals.

 The children who read more learn new words and expand their vocabulary leading to further connections reading and real-life experiences.


Once the children have mastered the basic phonic knowledge they will soon be off to a flying start reading,writing and spelling with help ,support and guidance every step along the way!