Term Activities

A new term means lots of new activities to explore!

We will be introducing the topic "Minibeasts" as well as practicing our in the moment planning, supporting the children's development through their interests and needs.

We can't wait to see which direction their play will take us!

We will be participating in various activities such as:

Literacy- accessing a wide range of books and rhymes, exploring story sacks to recall and act out our favourite stories.
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Maths – Counting and number recognition, making charts and weighing and measuring whilst creating delicious treats!
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Creative Arts- Exploring different textures and colours and experimental mark making!

 
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Understanding the world-  Learning about our environment around us and the people in our community. 

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Children’s Choice
Throughout our sessions, the children can access their favorite toys and all of the areas.

Letters and Sounds
Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects.
Each aspect contains three strands:
* Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination),
*  Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and
*  Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).
Aspect 1 – General sound discrimination – environmental
The aim of this aspect is to raise children’s awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Activities suggested in the guidance include going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game, and making shakers.
Aspect 2 – General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children’s awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noisemakers. Activities include comparing and matching sound 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 sound 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 initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type 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. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot’s mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice – /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.
Aspect 7 – Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills.
To practice oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/, and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practice, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.
The activities introduced in Phase 1 are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.
These aspects are broken down throughout the year and practiced in small groups.