Current term activities

Term 1 – Thursday 3rd September 2020 to Thursday 22nd October 2020

”Welcome to some familiar faces and to some new!  We are all very excited to start off the new school year and very much looking forward to getting to know you and your little ones. This term we shall be getting to know our key groups and “bubbles”, building friendships and settling into our new routines.

For this term’s topic and focused activities,  we shall be learning “all about me”, looking at our likes and dislikes, our families, our hobbies and  getting to know each other.  With the change in the season too, we shall be exploring all things autumnal.

Although things are a little different at the moment and we are all settling into a new way of learning. We will continue to practice “in the moment” planning, supporting and developing the children’s interests and learning journeys.  We look forward to seeing what  direction their play will take them!

We will be participating in various activities such as:


Maths – Number recognition, counting and measuring our friends and
picking, weighing and baking with our homegrown apples.

Creative Arts:
Apple printing                                                     Leaf painting
Mirror painting                                          Halloween crafts!

Understanding the world-  Having fun experimenting  and exploring the changes that happen in nature.



• Children’s Choice
Throughout our sessions the children can access their favourite 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 noise makers. 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 sounds 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 practise 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 practise, 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 practised in small groups.

Term 1 – Thursday 3rd September 2020 to Thursday 22nd October 2020

The topic this term is…”coming soon”.