My daughter just missed the cut off for Nursery this year because her birthday is in September. If she was at Nursery, she would be doing phonics sessions so I have decided to introduce some phonics activities at home, through play.

At school, we use a programme called Letters and Sounds which is split into six phases and taught from Nursery (age 3 – 4) to Year 2 (age 6 – 7). I am going to work my way through Phase One, which is intended to develop listening, vocabulary and speaking skills. Phase One is split into seven aspects which I will dip in and out of. As I do an activity, I will add below (there will be clickable links by the bullet points).

I don’t plan on teaching Sophie any letters yet as this begins in Phase Two, which is taught in Reception (age 4-5). However, I have taught phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and can share some ideas for how to support older children at home for anyone who is interested. Please email me on if you have any questions or areas you would like support with.

Phase One: (These will become clickable links as I add activities)

  • Aspect 1 – Environmental sounds
  • Aspect 2 – Instrumental sounds
  • Aspect 3 – Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
  • Aspect 4 – Rhythm and rhyme
  • Aspect 5 – Alliteration
  • Aspect 6 – Voice sounds
  • Aspect 7 – Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that c-a-t makes ‘cat’)

I am looking forward to doing some phonics activities with Sophie but I truly believe the best way to help children to learn to read is by exposing them to books from an early age. You can teach children to decode the words on the page, but without the understanding and enjoyment of the story then it’s not really reading.

Children fall in love with books because of the memories created when they snuggle up and read with someone they love. – Raising Readers

Sophie loves books! Here are a few photos to show you just how much:

We have shared books with Sophie ever since she was born.




This was Sophie’s first trip to the library and she often goes to the library with her Grandma.


If she goes quiet it is usually because she has found a book to read.


She loves to act them out and can recite her favourites word for word.




If we have a visitor, it is unlikely that they will leave without reading Sophie a story first! She now reads to her brother.



Books have always been part of our bedtime routine.


However, books are a massive part of our day times too. They are read in teepees, in the garden, at forest school, on holiday, in the car, in restaurants and even on the potty.




She sees us reading for pleasure and does the same.


I like to have books around the house for her to access independently. I also try to link some of them to her current interests or seasonal events and we do a book advent at Christmas.



We have so many books that I keep them in a box under her bed and rotate them every so often.

Thank you for reading. I hope that the phonics section of my blog will be helpful to you and I would love to know if you try any of the activities at home.


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