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Literacy activities

Communication and Language

Communication and language skills are crucial for every child’s overall development . We work hard everyday to develop these skills, you can continue to do this by simply acting as a positive role model, talking with them slowly and clearly and showing interest in everything they have to say.



Phase 1 in phonics concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

These activities should be continued alongside the learning of phase 2 phonics.

Both of the websites below have some great activity ideas and games to support this.


We have begun Phase 2 of our learning in Phonics. We use the jolly phonics programme to help us to learn each sound. This is supported by an action, song and a story. These can be found on YouTube.

Alongside learning the sounds we listen carefully to the initial sounds in words and we are trying hard to identify the sounds we have learnt at the beginnings of words.

What can you do at home?

  • Games such as I spy using your environment but also when looking at pictures in books.
  • Using playdough or paint to practice forming the letters- trying hard to start in the correct place.
  • Can you write the letters in your name?
  • Using magnetic letters on the fridge can you find sounds as they are called out?