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Reading and Phonics Home School Partnership



Reading and sharing stories is a huge part of the Nursery curriculum. In our Nursery at Shenley we share a book or story every single day! 


Each week we usually have a focus book or story which we will read everyday and base some of our other learning activities around. Sharing the same story for a period of time helps the children to internalise and become familiar with the story. If story has a repetitive theme or repeated refrain we encourage the children to join in or add actions to remind us of different parts of the story. 


We have recently developed our reading area to encourage children to choose to look at books during their 'child initiated learning' or 'CHIL' time. We also have a range of different books in each area of the classroom linked to the resources which are in that area. 


Reading to young children helps to develop vocabulary, concentration and listening skills and helps to encourage a love of books and reading. It also helps children to learn pre-reading skills such as knowing which way up to hold a book, turning the pages one at a time and understanding that print carries meaning. 


We recommend that all Nursery children are read to at home daily and parents should talk to their children about the story or book they have shared.  We visit our school library each week and take home a new book to share at home. 


Below are copies of our handouts 'Promoting Literacy at Home' and 'Promoting Maths at Home'. These contain lots ideas about how you can help your child to develop their Literacy and Maths skills at home. 

Phase One Phonics 


In Nursery we have a daily Phonics lesson. The majority of Nursery children are working on 'Phase One' of the Letters and Sounds Phonics Curriculum. Phase One is all about listening to different sounds, hearing and saying the sounds in words and making different sounds with our mouths or instruments. It is divided into 7 aspects. 


■ Aspect 1: General sound discrimination – environmental sounds

■ Aspect 2: General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds

■ Aspect 3: General sound discrimination – body percussion

■ Aspect 4: Rhythm and rhyme

■ Aspect 5: Alliteration 

■ Aspect 6: Voice sounds

■ Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting


For more information on each of the aspects please click the link below which will take you to the 'Letters and Sounds' website. Alternatively you can look at the 'Letters and Sounds Curriculum' document. 


Phase One Phonics


Letters and Sounds Curriculum 


Below are pictures of Nursery on a 'listening walk' developing Aspect 1 by listening to and identifying environmental sounds.