In Phase 1, taught in the Nest Nursery and consolidate and revisited in Reception, the children will learn to distinguish the sounds in the words we speak. Through games and play the children will be exposed to opportunities to develop their auditory discrimination and phonological awareness. This includes being able to tune into different sounds in the environment, remember and talk about them as well as being able to hear rhythm and rhyme in words. The children will start to be able to hear and use alliteration in words, such as amazing alligator, crazy cat, dancing dog. They will also start to practice segmenting out the sounds they can hear in simple words, such as d-o-g.
This Phase is essential for the success of the following Phases. The children need to have a strong foundation in Phase 1 to be able to build on this in Phase 2.