Letters and Sounds

Part of the children’s daily routine at Choochoos is to develop their letters and sounds……

Effective language skills are the building blocks on which subsequent literacy and numeracy development are based.  Letters and Sounds develops children’s speaking and listening skills through a six phase teaching programme that continues and develops at school. Initially it encourages children to tune into sounds, to listen & remember sounds, and to talk about sounds.

Phase one is broken down into seven aspects:

  • Environmental sounds
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Body percussion
  • Rhythm & Rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending & segmenting

At Choochoos staff have attended relevant training and offer Phase one letters & sounds activities to your child based on all seven aspects. These occur in small groups on a daily basis. All activities provide a broad and rich language experience for your child through story, rhyme, drama & song; encouraging your child to talk & widen their vocabulary aiding communication in a fun, engaging way. Activities range from sound walks, sound stories, rhyming bingo, musical corners, toy talk, digging for treasure and lots, lots more.

Research shows that children who start school as confident speakers with good language skills become successful learners and achieve in life. Choochoos promotes letters & sounds as we believe these short daily activities work towards this aim and support your child’s language development as highlighted in the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance 2014.