Home Learning - Phonics

At Bede Burn Kindergarten staff use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to help build upon and develop children's speaking and listening skills whilst preparing them to read when they start reception school. When children move to the Polar Bear room they will start to take part in Phonics activities. These fun and active sessions involve lots of speaking and listening games, rhythm activities, music, stories and role play. We draw their attention to the sounds around them and focus upon listening skills.

Parents can play a vital role in helping their child develop these skills, by encouraging their children to listen carefully and to talk daily about what they hear, see and do.

Ways to support your child at home:

  • Go on a sound walk, what can you hear? Encourage your child to listen out for cars, birds tweeting, people walking, etc. Are they loud or quiet sounds?

  • Make junk model instruments together using margarine tubs, tubes and boxes. These can be filled with a variety of rice and pasta and will make a range of sounds.

  • Take a song or rhyme that your child knows well and create new lyrics! You could use the junk model percussion instruments to accompany the new songs.

  • Regularly read rhyming books such as 'Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.'

  • Encourage your child's word play by inventing new rhymes with them such as 'Humpty Dumpty climbed up a tree, Humpty Dumpty hurt his... knee!'

  • Using your child's name think up some simple tongue twisters to link objects at home, e.g. 'Millie's Marvellous Magic Mittens' or 'David's dangerous dinosaur.'

  • Collect objects that start with the same sound in a box, as you take each item out emphasise the initial sound, e.g. s-s-snake, or s-s-sock.

  • Sound out simple words for your child e.g. z-i-p, p-i-n, p-i-t. Can they blend the sounds to say the full word?

  • Play 'I Spy'. Put some objects on the table e.g. Cup, Peg, Hat, Ball. Say I spy with my little eye a c-u-p. Can your child blend the sounds together to say the word?