Sound awareness plays a vital role in early years and is a reliable predictor of literacy development. When children recognise that words can be broken down into individual sounds it supports their skills and helps them to become competent readers. Hence the importance of adults using clear pronunciation of words as many are written phonetically , as a staff we need to be aware of how we speak to children.
- Talk to other children or with an adult about themselves and their experiences.
- Express needs, thoughts and feelings with increasing confidence in talk and non-verbal language
- Take part in short and more extended conversations.
- Use talk during role play and retell a story or rhyme
- Use language for a variety of purposes, e.g. to describe, explain, predict, ask questions and develop ideas.
We pride ourselves on the good practice of reading to the children every day. We have also introduced the bedtime reading program which promotes this at home. We have “Phonics Friday” when we give particular attention to our Nursery Rhymes.