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Harewood Centre Nursery School

Phonics & Early Reading



Phase 1 – Letters and Sounds

In our Nursery School we use the Letters and Sounds Phase 1 materials to promote, encourage and enhance children’s early phonics skills. There are a series of games and activities included in the document which can be used 1:1 or in small groups. It is very important that children are able to discriminate between different sounds before being able to sound them out verbally.

The children participate in a small group phonics session daily.

There are seven aspects to Phase 1 which we plan to cover during your child’s time with us. Please see the link below for more information.


Throughout Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds children will:

develop their language structures;
increase their vocabulary;
begin to distinguish between sounds in words;
speak clearly and audibly;
become familiar with rhyme, rhythm and alliteration;
listen attentively;
explore and experiment with sounds and words;

Activities to support learning in Phase 1 include:

singing songs;
listening to rhymes and repeating patterns and refrains;
playing alliterative games;
using creative language in role play, drama and dance;
identifying sounds in names, words in the environment etc.

Early Reading

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

Sharing books together – In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. Sharing books are for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Here is a video with tips on how to share a book with children:


See below for further information from the BookTrust

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