Phase One of the Letters and Sounds teaching programme falls largely within the Communication & Language and Literacy areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In particular, it will support linking sounds and letters in the order in which they occur in words, and naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet. It also draws on and promotes other areas of learning described in the EYFS, particularly Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Expressive Arts and Design, where, for example, music plays a key part in developing children’s language.
Phase One activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral segmenting and blending of familiar words.
Little Gryphon staff will provide daily speaking and listening activities that are well matched to children’s developing abilities and interests, drawing upon observations and assessments to plan for progression and to identify children who need additional support, for example to differentiate and produce the sounds of speech.
Exploring sounds in words will occur as opportunities arise throughout the course of the day’s activities, as well as planned adult-led sessions with groups and individual children.