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Monday 11th October

Monday 11th October 2021

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope that you all had a good weekend. Just a quick reminder if your child is showing symptoms of Covid (high temperature, cough, and loss of taste/smell) please do get a COVID Test and let us know the results. Thank you for your help with this.

This week in nursery there is a focus on developing listening skills. At Children’s House we follow a programme called Letters and Sounds to help teach the skills children need to be confident, fluent readers. This half term we are focusing on Phase One which concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase One is to get children attuned to the sounds around them so they are ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Phase One has seven aspects and each aspect has three strands, tuning into sounds (auditory discrimination), listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension)These aspects are not taught in order but aspect 7 comes later when children have had plenty of opportunity to develop their sound discrimination skills.

Have a look at the aspects and do try some of the activities together at home.

Aspect 1 –General sound discrimination

The aim of this aspect is to raise children’s awareness of the sounds around them and develop their listening skills. We go on listening walks, drum on different objects outside and compare the sounds, play a sound lotto game and make shakers.

Aspect 2 – General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds

This aspect aims to develop children’s awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.

Aspect 3 – General sound discrimination – body percussion

The aim of this aspect is to develop children’s awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary

Aspect 4 – Rhythm and Rhyme

This aspect aims to develop children’s appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out

Aspect 5 – Alliteration

The focus is on the initial sounds of words, with activities including I=-Spy games and matching objects which begin with the same sound

Aspect 6 – Voice Sounds

The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting

Aspect 7

In this aspect the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills

Today children went on listening walks in the local area, they could hear different vehicles, birds, people talking, radios, an ambulance etc. On the way home why not ask your child to listen carefully and tell you all the different things that they can hear.

Out in the garden children were designing and making their own mini gardens, using natural materials and deep trays and in red class children enjoyed painting with water.

This month is also Black History Month, any parent who would like to come in and share something with the children from their cultural background is warmly welcomed.

In the past we have had parents reading or telling stories, cooking, braiding hair, talking about special festivals etc. Do let your key person know if you would like to come in and share something with the children.

Have a lovely evening.

A listening walk

Red Class paint with water

A garden for a fairy

Matching Sounds in First Floor Class

Talking about our favourite toys