The first stages of developing children's phonic awareness include
-developing their listening skills so that they can hear, recognise and identify different sounds. For example if they hear 'baa' or 'ring ring', they can say it is a sheep or a phone. They should also explore copying and making these sounds with their own voice.
- copying and continuing a pattern of sounds using their voices, instruments and body percussion (clapping, stamping etc). This can be as simple as 'clap, clap, shh' or keeping a steady beat using a drum, claps, or tapping their legs.
-exploring and talking about sounds, noticing when sounds are loud, quiet, short or long, and talking about how different sounds make them feel. Are they scary, funny, whizzy?
- beginning to recognise and join in with familiar rhymes.