We believe the importance of getting children off to a good start with reading cannot be overstated. The teaching of Early Reading starts from Nursery here at St Bede’s.

Early phonics skills concentrate 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 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

  • We provide a balance of child-led and adult-led experiences for all children that meet the curriculum expectations for ‘Communication and language’ and ‘Literacy’. These include:
    • sharing high-quality stories and poems
    • learning a range of nursery rhymes and action rhymes
    • activities that develop focused listening and attention, including oral blending
    • attention to high-quality language.
  • We ensure Nursery children are well prepared to begin learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs) and blending in Reception.

We understand that key features of a rich curriculum which are essential to Phase One and beyond are the range and depth of language experienced by the children. We exploit the power of story through our half termly ‘Super Six’, rhyme, drama and song to fire children’s imagination and interest, thus encouraging them to use language copiously. In foundation stage we have 6 texts which we focus on each half term alongside books linked to the seasons and flow of the year and children’s specific interests.

 

Nursery Rhyme Progression in the EYFS

Pre Phonics Activities

Ready for Reading Training