Below is our most recent blog from the Nursery. This includes a summary of the two weeks including any important information for the coming weeks (reminders etc). These will be updated every other Friday.
Friday 20 April
In Nursery we teach the pre-phonics skills needed before learning to recognise letter sounds. This begins with using sounds in play e.g. animal sounds. We also spot rhyming words when we sing songs/ nursery rhymes/ share books. You could have fun playing a rhyming string game with your child e.g. big, pig, dig, slid….
Another skill is clapping out the syllables that make up the words e.g. el-e-phant – clapping 3 beats. Have fun clapping the names in your family – who has the same number of beats/syllables?
A final step is for the children to be able to hear, use and say the sounds in words. We often say just the first sound of the child’s name and then ask whose name begins with that sound? You can play “I spy” at home to help with this. We also practise orally blending the sounds e.g. by saying the sounds separately c-a-t, and then the whole word cat, and then the opposite of this, segmenting, saying the word e.g. dog, then counting and saying the sounds separately, d-o-g.
These are all activities to be done orally – without the actual letters. In Reception they will spend lots of time reading and writing letter sounds. It is really useful to develop these pre-phonic skills so that the children are ready for this.