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Reading Strategy 2020


In Nursery, phonics teaching concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, laying the foundations the children need to become fluent readers.

‘Letters and Sounds’, a phonics resource providing a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics separated into 6 phases, is the key document upon which Nursery phonics teaching is based. Children focus on ‘Phase One’ of this document which concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills laying the foundations for them to be successful, accurate and fluent readers and they develop.

Phase one is built around 7 aspects as detailed below and children cover each aspect regularly, dipping in and out with a balance of activities rather than working through each aspect in isolation. 



Each of the above aspects will include the following three strands:  

Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination)

Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing)

Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension