Nursery - Phonics

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Phonics Phase 1


Early phonics in Nursery focuses on developing children’s listening skills. Early years environments do a lot of aural work at quite a slow pace, training children in awareness of sounds.


In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:

  • Environmental sounds
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)

Typical activities for teaching Phase 1 phonics include 'listening' walks, playing and identifying instruments, action songs, learning rhymes and playing games like I Spy. This phase is intended to develop children’s listening, vocabulary and speaking skills.


Attached is a fun PowerPoint you can do with your child to continue their learning at home.

Music Mark School
Diocese of Westminster